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600 students to get in concert free
Six hundred ASU students will get to attend the Punk Voter Tour concert for free, after the Programming and Activities Board purchased the $25 tickets for them.

The tickets to Friday's concert were bought with about $15,000 that was originally budgeted to host the show on campus, before it was moved to the Marquee Theatre.

ASU beats UA in recycling contest
ASU scored nearly three times more than UA on Wednesday -- not in football or basketball, but in recycling.

Universities competing in the fourth annual Recycle Mania contest finished their semester-long race to the top of the trash heap Saturday; the final results weren't announced until Wednesday.

Bill could increase loan interest rates for students
The U.S. Congress is considering legislation that would prevent students from consolidating loans at low, fixed interest rates, according to a recent New York Times article.

Instead, students would have to pay according to variable rates, which fluctuate with the market.

Filmmaker seeks ASU students
A Valley actor and movie director appeared on campus Wednesday to recruit ASU students to help him market his film to local audiences. Rick Schroder, a former child actor and star of "NYPD Blue," directed, produced and wrote the independent film "Black Cloud.

Police Beat One hundred uses for a leg cast
A 49-year-old transient man was arrested on charges of public consumption of alcohol and carrying a concealed weapon near the 400 block of West University Drive. He allegedly was contacted by police while drinking a can of Steel Reserve Malt Liquor and was contacted for the same thing earlier in the day. He also was concealing a large kitchen knife in his leg cast.

First Person: Sharp shock
I couldn't breathe. I couldn't breathe through my nose that is. The infamous summer cold caught me, along with half the students on campus. During class, I sat open-mouthed feeling like a tired, panting dog on a hot day, completely miserable. Something had to be done.

Stage Presents: Mars attacks!
As John Gray explains in the no. 1, best-selling book of the last decade, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: "Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had happy relationships together because they respected and accepted their differences.

Stage Presents Hair-raising rock 'n' roll
How can you not love a musical that has lines like, "Amber Von Tussle, you have acne of the soul!"? Hairspray, a musical adaptation of the John Waters movie, shimmied its way through two hours of '60s pop goodness at Gammage Auditorium on Tuesday night. The set design, the singing and the dancing all sparkled with an irresistible exuberance-which is a bit surprising, considering the play is about racial hatred in the 1960s.

Queen for a day
A makeover is the cop out way of hiring a therapist to fix your emotional problems. Everyday, Montel or Maury "fix" people who fit one of the following show premises: "Help! My daughter dresses like a whore," or "My daughter dresses like she's my son."

Atta Bui: Queen 'be'
I wonder how many of you people read this thing. I don't waste away in this artificially lit dungeon and crank out this little column to wait for fame and fortune to roll in. After all, Atta Bui is for your benefit. So, I suggest if you haven't already, spread the word, and let the world know there's goodness to be had by pouring over every single word that appears in this corner of SPM each week.

Down IT Cool ways to get toasted
Imagine taking a shot and then eating your shot glass as a chaser. A new element and marketing tool in the world of alcohol consumption has been introduced with Arctic IceShots and can let you do just that. Essentially, IceShots are molds that can be filled with juice, mixers, alcohol, gelatin or virtually anything liquid you could possibly want to consume.

Idolize IT: He bangs!
Even if you've never watched an episode of "American Idol," you know who he is: the underdog-turned-hero, William Hung. Once, your average Berkeley engineering student from China, now, he is a superstar creating a cult of fans. You would be lying if you said you haven't seen him on TV or even seen someone do an impression of him.

Reel Life: It's already dead
Who is to blame for the ever-growing ego of writer-director Quentin Tarantino? There is no question his first films, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, are classics (especially the latter film), but his last two films, Kill Bill, Vol.1 and his newest, 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.

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.

Guest Column: I want my nickel back
You never know what you'll find on the old Internet machine. But, when you're an "Internet master" like me, you stop being surprised by the treasures it holds. From squirrels with massive testicles selling mansions to seizure-inducing robots, I've (nearly) seen it all.

2 a.m. opposition not so backward
Supporters of the recently passed 2 a.m. Last Call Act claim a later last call won't cause any problems. But this is Arizona we're talking about, nothing is normal. Arizona Rep. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale, is the driving force behind the extended bar hours act.

Editorial: Recycling is trash at ASU, apartments
What's on your bedroom floor? If your room mimics the typical student's room, we can probably guess: 100 Natty Ice cans, 50 red kegger cups, six pizza boxes and 14 old State Press copies lie cluttered under your bed and around your house. Your next move? Grab the biggest, industrial strength garbage bag you can find (not the cheap ones they dish out for free at the residence halls) and start stuffing.

Pamphleteers are nice,but beware robot takeover
Did you know that women 4,000 miles from here are being oppressed? Do you want to stop the local college bar from closing down? Petition to help legalize marijuana? Sign up for Students For Bush? Copy of the "Watchtower"? Foam party on Saturday? Join the Ron Perlman fan club? Want me to get out of your face? Just take a flier.

Ninja Fliers
AWESOME PARTY COMING THIS WEEKEND: NO COVER! LIVE BAND! FREE BEER! ... but YOU'RE not invited! Ha ha ha! DID YOU KNOW that by the year 2040, every human on Earth will be... ... at least thirty-six years older? DID YOU KNOW that it cost... ... me several dollars to run these fliers off at Kinko's? You better enjoy this flier, kid.

A comic strip by Joe Bowen

Ship of fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

Haiku Circus
Week of April 11, 2004 Week of March 29, 2004 Week of March 22, 2004 Week of March 08, 2004 Week of March 01, 2004 Reach the artist at Click here to visit the web site. --> --> --> --> -->

J-Lo in the Know: Dieting in America
In the past year or so, diets have become an American custom. It seems as though everybody is on some sort of diet and if they are not it is uncommon or-dare I say-abnormal. Diets are like a second language and I wouldn't be surprised if two years down the road "Jenny Craig" is found in all of the dictionaries.

Movie review: Osama
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. However, a movie version usually doesn't match our preconceived notions, or sometimes it does.

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.

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.

Gymnasts to compete at nationals tonight
After the ASU gymnastics team's experience at the NCAA Championships a year ago, head coach John Spini said his Sun Devils learned that "life is not really fair." And how. Last season ASU recorded seven of the top 10 team scores in the program's history and was ranked as the No.

Baseball: Zinicola proves to be two-way threat
The ASU baseball team was practicing in the brisk January air at Packard Stadium, and sitting in the stands, curled up in his button-up ASU windbreaker was freshman Zechry Zinicola. Zinicola's career at ASU had barely even begun and he had already gotten off to a bad start.

Devil Dish: Cardinals not on Monday Night?!?!
The NFL released its schedule for the 2004 season, and I was absolutely shocked. For the second year in a row, the Arizona Cardinals were not scheduled for a single primetime game. The NFL must have made a mistake. Aren't we talking about the same franchise that had a gloriously successful playoff run in the 1998-99 season? The same team responsible for the emergence of such NFL stars as Simeon Rice, Jake Plummer and Garrison Hearst? Listen, any team that has the pass rushing combination of Calvin Pace and Dennis Johnson should be playing on Monday nights.

Lacrosse: Team prepares for final match
The ASU men's lacrosse team looks to knock off the No. 6 ranked University of Arizona Saturday in the final game of the season. The Sun Devils have won four consecutive games. The team's last defeat came on March 12 against BYU in Provo, Utah. Since then the Devils have defeated Utah, USC, UC San Diego and St.

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