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Student dies in bicycling accident
An ASU student died Friday after he fell off his bicycle and hit his head on a curb.

Richard R. Simari, a candidate for a master's degree in the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, was attempting to jump a curb when his pedal caught and he fell, said electrical engineering senior Michael Ho, Samari's friend and roommate.

Female students try to find life balance
Sophomore Kim Wittek said ASU's idea of positive body image could be summed up in three simple words: Student Recreation Complex.

"Just walk by and look through the window," she said. "The gym is packed with students seven days a week from open until close. It's an example of people trying to balance everything going on in their lives."

Political clubs' relations strained
ASU's College Republicans are assuring the Young Democrats one of their members will take full responsibility for the signs he vandalized Thursday.

Jared Sandella, treasurer of the College Republicans, admitted to posting several signs supporting President George W. Bush over signs posted by the Young Democrats.

Police Beat: Ninja Turtles may have lasting effect
A 23-year-old Mesa man was arrested on a charge of misconduct involving weapons near the 500 block of South Mill Avenue. During a traffic stop, police noticed numchucks in plain sight in the rear of the vehicle. He admitted to having knowledge of the weapon.

Play explores dysfunctional family
It may not always be fun to be part of a dysfunctional family, but it does make for an interesting night at the theater. ASU playwriting graduate student Cary DeBerry's thesis project is his new play "Fast Forward Rewind," which looks at the interconnectivity of the family unit, but in a fresh way, using a cyclical and backwards structure.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Ballet has a weight problem
The thought of someone like me in a tutu makes me shudder. And it should make you shudder too. And while I know male ballet dancers don't wear tutus, the thought of donning tights that suck the life out of anything below your waist is equally disturbing. Gross, as it were.

Gear up for 'Road Warrior' politics
The Arizona License Plate Commission is under fire after denying an anti-abortion group's request for specialized license plates for its members. The unique "Choose life" plates were to be similar to those of firefighters or the special plates some veterans like to sport.

Editorial: Free press (with purchase of hoops)
As journalists, covering public officials is our job. Unfortunately, that part of the job sometimes means jumping through hoops. A lot of them. Often flaming. For instance, to cover a press conference by the commissioner of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (not a guy most Americans know by name), reporters have to fax their biography, their contact information, copies of former articles they've written on border issues and a letter from their boss designating them to cover the commissioner.

Study travel not a conspiracy at ASU
It's that time of year again. The sun is shining brighter than usual, the saguaros are blooming, the rattlesnakes and scorpions are nurturing their newborns and college students are planning their summer escapes into whatever form of liquor-soaked delirium they can afford.

Talk Back: The altered state of Tax-achusetts
The primary job of the president of the United States is not to make laws. That is not his branch of government. He does not decide the fate of criminals, either. He is primarily the commander in chief of the United States military. His resume includes four years of doing that job already. What does Kerry's resume include? Some flag burning and hanging out with Jane Fonda. I'm casting my vote for the other candidate Osama wouldn't want in office. Any idea on who that might be?"

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

A comic strip by Joe Bowen

Ship of fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

New Comic: Q.E.D.
A comic strip by Brian Lewis

Haiku Circus
A comic strip by Ken Sakamoto

Dive into summer
This summer, sun bathe in style with a new bathing suit from one of this season's hottest designers. No matter what your body type, the masters of the runway have got you covered. If haute couture is your thing, here are a few suggestions to check out while you hunt for the perfect swimsuit.

Softball's other big stick
Heading into the ASU softball season, senior third baseman Phelan Wright was looked upon as the cornerstone of the program, and deservedly so. Wright set last year's single season home run record at 15 and has followed that up with another stellar season.

Baseball: Buck releases sequel to "The Catch"
It is a play that was almost indescribable. For some of the spectators at Jackie Robinson Stadium in Los Angeles, it was an acting job worthy of an Oscar nomination. For others, it was a play worthy of the moniker "The catch II." On Friday night, sophomore right fielder Travis Buck made one of the most amazing catches in Sun Devils baseball history.

Football: Walter, Hagan build on offensive bond
While wide receiver was an area that seemed to hurt the ASU football team as much as any last season, if spring football is any indication, the position already seems to have an upgrade with the high-octane play of Derek Hagan. The junior grabbed 11 balls for 179 yards in Saturday's annual spring football game and looks to be on his way to surpassing his come-out-of-nowhere numbers from a year ago, in which he caught 66 passes for 1,076 yards.

Water polo earns yet another split at tourney
Any compulsive gambler who has ever lost his proverbial hide during a high-stakes gambling affair would love to settle for what ASU's water polo team has excelled at all season long -- breaking even. The No. 15 Sun Devils (11-16) split four games over the weekend at the Long Beach Invitational in the team's final regular season tournament.

Women's golf tied for fourth at Pac-10s
As she has done all season, freshman Tiffany Tavee showed on Monday that she is going to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come in the Pac-10. Tavee, a Gilbert, Ariz. native, fired a 74 (+2) to help the Sun Devils finish in a tie for fourth after the first round of the Pac-10 Championships at the 6,405 yard Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif.

Devil Dish: Here are your Mr. Irrelevant candidates
With the NFL draft soon approaching and Mel Kiper's hair buffed to perfection -- former State Press Sports Editor Brian Gomez has the only better hairdo in sports -- it is time to measure who will be the one and only Mr. Irrelevant. Mr. Irrelevant is the player selected with the last pick in the draft, and here are my candidates: 1.

Lacrosse: Cats scratch Devils
The ASU men's lacrosse team lost to their biggest rival Saturday night, the University of Arizona Wildcats, 11-3. It was the Sun Devils final game of the season. "They're a good team," said Ethan Furtek, Senior Goaltender for the Devils. "But, we played these guys in the fall and they beat us a lot worse.

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