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Crow reorganizes ASU's campuses
Within the next few years, many ASU programs will move from Tempe to other campuses as part of a plan that will cost the University hundreds of millions of dollars, ASU President Michael Crow said Thursday.

Crow announced new names for the University's four campuses at the meeting held in the Memorial Union.

Lawmaker says 'take out loans'
Rep. Ray Barnes, R-Phoenix, encouraged students to take a more active role in their education and the state if they expect to see more funding for ASU.

Barnes took two hours Thursday evening to debate the state's contribution to higher education with approximately 50 students.

Irish Hall residents get cold showers
No hot water and a caved-in ceiling in the Irish Hall B-wing women's restrooms have prompted a flood of complaints to Residential Life officials since the beginning of the semester.

Elementary education sophomore Kiera O'Connor and undeclared sophomore Ari Kerr, two Irish Hall residents, discovered the showers in the first-floor women's community restroom had low water pressure and no hot water when they moved back into the hall Jan. 14.

Gingg campaign cited for violations
The Undergraduate Student Government Election Commission cited presidential candidates Zach Gingg and running mate Ryan Owens with two campaign violations yesterday.

Six penalty points were given to the candidates -- just three short of disqualification.

For Review: Kill Bill, Vol. 2
Who is it, I wonder, to blame for the ever-growing ego of writer-director Quentin Tarantino? There is no question that his first films, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, are classics (especially the latter film). I can't comment on Jackie Brown, having only seen parts of it, but his last two films, Kill Bill, Vol.

'Osama' expiates for years of Afghan oppression
There are times in life when one reads a book, an article or something using words to sketch a portrait. Our imaginations often render their own images to fill gaps of misunderstanding. Then, Hollywood pumps out a film-version of what we read. Albeit a movie version usually doesn't match our preconceived notions, sometimes it does.

CD Review: 36 Crazyfists- A Snow Capped Romance
A Snow Capped Romance 3/4 stars I hate emo. Now that we got that out of the way, 36 Crazyfist's A Snow Capped Romance (Roadrunner) is a beautiful, honest and extremely emotional album. The band has grown impressively into their sound. Their previous effort had them pegged to follow-up with a nu-metal crunch, but they have effectively redirected towards a hardcore, emotion-driven style -- and it works.

CD Review: Darkest Hour- Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation
CD Review: Darkest Hour- Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation 2.5/4 stars If you saw the members of Darkest Hour before hearing their music, you would think they were Thrice. However, Darkest Hour are nothing like Thrice -- unless Thrice has transformed into Swedish-infused metalcore much in the stylingof At The Gates, then sure, they sound like Thrice.

Reel life: Forgettable
On the front door of the Alamo church in downtown San Antonio, Texas, there hangs a plaque that says, "Be silent friend/here heroes died/to blaze a trail/for other men." No sentiment sums up the feeling of reverence Texans still hold for the men who died at the Alamo quite like this message that greets visitors of the monument.

For review: Patton pending
Fantomas is a band for music lovers-and major Mr. Bungle fans. Even if you have never heard of Fantomas, chances are you know of its members: vocalist/keyboardist Mike Patton (Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, Tomahawk), drummer Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Grip Inc.), guitarist Buzz Osbourne (The Melvins) and bassist Trevor Dunn (Mr.

Musical notes: Get your 'Motor' running
The big hair. The tight pants. The power ballads that beg you to sing along. There's just something about old rock 'n' roll that people can't resist. Throw on AC/DC's Back in Black at your next party, and you're pretty much guaranteed to have a room full of people singing along.

Local beats: Taking a stand
A hazy gray cloud of smoke hovers around the room and then settles just enough to see the details of his face. He watches as people give away more and more of their hard-earned money. He is the center of attention. The only problems? The cloud of smoke is not a stage effect, and the people aren't giving him their hard earned money.

Sites to see:Sites for sore eyes
It can be hard to find news on your favorite local bands in magazines and newspapers, not to mention word about upcoming shows. This is one more reason why the Internet is great for music junkies-online music news sites. A couple of years ago, the Phoenix music scene got an online boost with the creation of AZPunk.

Out of the closet: It's not a purse!
Can fashion be both stylish and utilitarian? Trend followers may sacrifice function for aesthetics, but the fashionable might not do the same. Legendary talent scout, William Morris, once said, "Nothing useless can ever truly be beautiful," and when it comes to men's fashion, it's the cardinal rule.

Spin IT: Lost and found
If it's time for another British band to steal the Billboard charts, then LostProphets is that band. The members, who hale from Wales, England, have thick accents, but those who had trouble watching Guy Ritchie's Snatch need not worry; the accent is minimal when vocalist Ian Watkins is crooning.

Don't I Know You?: Ask for his number
If you don't know who he is by now, you don't get out enough. It's OK to put the books down, once in a while, take the night off to grab a drink, boogie down and sing your head off to the musical talent that is Chris Mathison. Mathison, a senior working on a BIS degree in communication and sociology, is Tempe's very own one-man band.

Atta Bui: Gotta have faith
Things are looking apocalyptic on my end, folks. My days are filled with papers, projects, deadlines, interviews and commitment after time-sucking commitment. It's about the time when we get a little scared and wonder, "Am I going to even pass my classes?" And frankly, I've hit the point in the semester when the only way I can manage to chug through all my work is to surrender my credit card to Starbucks and pray to all that is good and wholesome for guidance to the summer.

Aussie invasion
Doors opened at six thirty and fans spilled into the Marquee Theater on Saturday night to experience the much talked of, "Aussie Invasion".  With The Living End, The Vines and supporting bands Neon and Jet, an atmosphere of crazy punk rock and slurred lyrics was created, as if the audience would expect anything less.

Young artists push boundaries
An intense melody perks up the audience's energy. No one can sit still; fans cry for more. The music creeps its way into the heads of the listeners as they rise from their seats and begin to groove, keeping in beat with the tune. Shea Marshall, the saxophonist of Soaking Fused, hops off the stage, strolls through the dance floor and carelessly leans against a wall as he unravels his soul.

Julia & the Prince
For the past five years, movies with a teenage bent have been revitalized, partly thanks to the presence of 23-year old actress Julia Stiles, who has gone from films such as 10 Things I Hate About You to independent films such as The Business of Strangers.

'Hellboy' unreal, but fun anyway
The trailer for "Hellboy" makes it look like a run-of-the-mill, special-effects-laden action movie. But great performances from its cast, along with a serviceable script and a genuinely interesting plot, make the finished product much more than that. True, it's necessary to abandon all pretense of realism before seeing this film.

Editorial: Boos and Bravos
BOO to Residential Life for throwing money at problems. Female residents in Irish B have had cold showers and a caved-in bathroom ceiling since January. Maintenance began in February, but the problems still haven't benn fully fixed. Now the department is thinking about offering the residents rate reductions.

Commons can't touch Cholla
While becoming an upperclassman, one begins learning valuable lessons around ASU. You find out cold pizza breakfasts really aren't all that great, ramen noodles can keep you alive, studying is helpful, and that ASU doesn't really care about you at all. Well, at least not Residential Life.

Letters to the Editor: Religion, Booze and Bickering
Fighting 'religious' hate I wanted to say that while I am appalled at the ignorance displayed by the Bible thumpers on Hayden Lawn Thursday, I am proud to have seen such an open assembly. The students, though at times a little crude, really felt passionate about their beliefs, and I was elated to see so many take a stand against this emphatic "religious" hate.

Step up your game by finding the 'Big C'
Confidence. The trait that enables the worst of us to dance on tables every time we sniff a beer, and the best of us to sock it to a board of interviewers. Without it we would be jibbering wrecks, unable to look anything in the eye -- even the rabid birds hanging around your apartment -- let alone strike up a conversation.

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

Channeling Chanel for fall
There are many reasons for Designer Karl Lagerfeld's success, some of them being his talent and vast experience in the industry. Born in Hamburg, he emigrated to Paris and began his career in fashion at the young age of 17. His designing résumé is impressive and includes the houses of Charles Jourdan, Valentino, and Krizia.

Counting the homeless
Leia Cumberland/JMC-301 3/25/04 A recent count of Tempe's homeless shows there are more people living on the streets than in 2003. Tempe's homeless coordinator, Theresa James, is not sure whether the numbers are accurate because last years count was during bad weather.

Film Fest: Paying tribute
Aside from showing feature-length movies, documentaries and short films, the 2004 Phoenix Film Festival was host to four separate tributes to men (no women this year, sadly) who have excelled in their craft. On Friday afternoon, character actor Dylan Baker, of Road to Perdition, Head of State and the upcoming blockbuster Spider-Man 2, was feted for his long years of service.

Film Fest: Movie magic
Of the many films that were entered into competition or were under the category of Showcase Features, I could only see a smattering (thanks to school and other previous engagements), but those I did watch were all interesting, in their own way. The opening night premiere, inside the famed Cine Capri theater, was the United Artists release Saved!, a black comedy about a religious high school in Maryland.

Film Fest: Boos & Bravos
Let me begin by saying that the 2004 Phoenix Film Festival, held at the Harkins Scottsdale 101, home of the Cine Capri, was the first festival I've ever been to. Thus, I don't know for sure if the event was better or worse than the previous three held in the Valley, or how they measure up to other large festivals across the country and the world.

Tempe festival turned Tempe circus
'April 3rd and 4th Rain or Shine,' said the white ticket for the annual Tempe Music Festival. Well rain or shine, literally meant a down pour or brilliant sunshine. Nothing in between like gray skies, or a nice breezy day with not a lot of 'shine'. Friday's escapades proved just this when the festival was cancelled due to weather conditions, even though it hardly rained another drop that evening.

Happy Birthday, Louis Vuitton
As far as Louis Vuitton handbags are concerned, they've been seen on the arms of celebs everywhere and are now known as a must-have accessory. Although she left for only an overnight camping trip, Newlywed Jessica Simpson refused to leave the side of her now notorious, white multicore Vuitton, otherwise known as "Pet Louis.

Baseball crumbles in ninth inning
The lineup for the ASU baseball team may have been different, but it was the same old story Thursday night as the Sun Devil bullpen was unable to hold on to a 7-2 lead entering the eighth inning against Oral Roberts.

At the same time, the ASU bats were unable to add to a sizeable 7-2 lead. Junior Dennis Bigley, who pitched eight innings for the victory and had a key hit in the Golden Eagles rally, held the Sun Devils scoreless in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to give Oral Roberts a chance.

Devil Dish: My fantasy comes alive
There is a new drug of choice circulating around campus. These junkies live by the ticker and die by the DL. It's fantasy baseball and all the cool kids are doing it. For 162 games any "wanna-be" George Steinbrenner can pick up where little league left off, and strive to become champion of Public League #1746.

Track and field hosts Sun Angel Classic
After traveling to Austin, Texas last week for the prestigious Texas Relays, the ASU track and field team will host their own prominent meet on Saturday. The Sun Devils will host the Sun Angel Classic, an event that will feature blue-ribbon track and field athletes from around the country.

Water polo faces No. 1 USC in final home game
For most players on the ASU water polo team, there are many more games left to play. For one player, it's one of her last games. But for the entire squad, there never will be another game like this one. The No. 15 Sun Devils will host their final home contest of the season Saturday, and it may prove to be an emotional affair.

Tennis teams face critical weekend
The ASU men's tennis team has an important weekend ahead, as it is fighting for a berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Sun Devils will be hosting No. 10 Stanford today and California on Saturday at the Whiteman Tennis Center. The team is still in search of its first Pac-10 victory of the season, which would in all likelihood clinch them a spot in the tournament.

Men's golf hosts only tourney of year at Karsten
Hot off a victory in the National Invitational in Tucson last week, the ASU men's golf team is looking to win back-to-back tournaments for the first time this year. This weekend, the Sun Devils play host to the 32nd annual ASU Thunderbird Invitational. ASU will welcome 14 other teams, seven of which are Pac-10 schools, to the par 72, 7,037-yard Karsten Golf Course.

Softball in for catfight against No. 1 UA
Most intrastate sports rivalries tend to be based mostly on the proximity of the colleges to one another. The one between the UA and ASU softball teams, however, goes a lot deeper than that. Both clubs have been among the elite softball squads in the country for several years, and the rivalry has more to do with the teams' success on the field than just where they sit on a map.

Club Sports: ASU Aussie football team ready for finale
The ASU Australian Football Team--in their first season in the league--advanced to the Arizona Australian Football League grand finale with a victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions 11-11-77 to 5-6-36 Tuesday night. It is the Sun Devils first season in the league.

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