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Research 'super bowl' to come to ASU
ASU engineering students will have a chance to rub elbows with national leaders in science, engineering and business next year.

The National Science Foundation chose ASU's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering to host the its Design, Service and Manufacturing Research and Grantees Conference from Jan. 3 to Jan. 6.

TA vies for Maxim spot
Nicole Priestley-Magana may be what Van Halen was singing about in "Hot for Teacher," but she also commands respect and admiration from her students.

Priestley-Magana, 26, is an ASU communication graduate student and teaching assistant. Outside the classroom, she's a finalist for men's magazine Maxim's "Hometown Hotties" contest.

Students celebrate 100 years of Pablo Neruda
It's the cadence and rhythm of the rich, Spanish poems that attracts journalism sophomore Shaina Levee to Pablo Neruda's poetry.

Neruda, a Nobel Prize winner, is notable for his extensive poems on subjects ranging from love to politics.

Former officer sues
The ASU Department of Public Safety has denied accusations of discrimination and sexual retaliation of a former female officer, according to the officer, Jenna Russell, who worked for ASU police at the west and main campuses from October 2002 through September 2003.

ASU police was unable to make any comments on the situation, said Cmdr. John Sutton.

Police Beat: Transient prefers paper over plastic
A 21-year-old transient man was arrested on a charge of possession of marijuana near the 700 block of South Mill Avenue. Police allegedly saw another person hand him a piece of paper. Police contacted him and asked what was in the piece of paper. He opened the paper and a green leafy substance, believed to be marijuana, fell to the ground.

Atta Bui: School daze
I know what you're thinking. Don't worry; I've thought about it too. It's tempting. It's calling your name and sounds so hot it could even be naughty. But whatever you do, do NOT cast reason to the wind, drop out of school and flee to Cancun or some other tropical paradise.

Don't I know you?:Get out of my way
You haven't read the last of Erika Wurst. You have read the last "Don't I Know You" article of Ms. Wurst, but you haven't read the last of her. That's right, the Queen of Commentary and assistant editor of SPM is retiring as the "Don't I Know You Diva" and moving on to bigger and better things.

Hear IT: Can't miss Kweller
They've done it again. The musical masterminds behind Hoodlums, the new and used record store embedded in the basement of the Memorial Union, will once again sponsor a free live performance by indie-punk pop artist Ben Kweller. Kweller, who rocked the walls of Hoodlums a few years ago, remains one of only two artists to ever play inside the actual parameters of the music store.

See IT: Fighting for your right to pee- for free
If you think musicals are for little old ladies who like seeing grown men wear unitards and meow, let Urinetown: The Musical change your mind. This show is undeniably the funniest, smartest play I have ever seen. Urinetown does away with the flash and trash of shows like Cats by addressing a very serious political issue: the fundamental human right to pee (for free.

Good Eats: Whose cuisine reigns supreme?
When you're looking for flavor, spice, and sushi with rice, it's sometimes hard to know where to go. Many restaurants these days are offering garlic shrimp pizza, mandarin chicken and tacos all on the same menu. It's enough to give a girl a serious case of fusion confusion.

First Person: When spice is nice
Salsa is a much-loved condiment for most people living in Arizona, and I am no exception. When I venture to my favorite Mexican restaurant, I am definitely "that girl," making a glutton of myself with the chips and salsa long before my veggie burrito arrives at the table.

For Review: Lessons on gettin' laid
You would expect to see middle-aged housewives heeding the advice of Dr. Phil or scouring the shelves of a bookstore for a quick guide to spice up their sex lives. But, more often then not, the advice Dr. Phil or any book will give is boring, lame and unusable.

Local Beats: Wake up to wakeboarding
Bronzed backs, new tricks, fast boats; ASU has a new sport to offer its students. Wakeboarding is no longer just a fun pastime at the lake with a few beers and some good friends. John Panhuise, president of ASU WakeDevils and a real estate freshman, has elevated the sport of wakeboarding into a competitive and collaborative effort with ASU's athletic department.

Musical Notes: Bands to watch
Martyr A.D. Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn. Web: For fans of: Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, God Forbid Martyr A.D. is one of those bands you hear about all the time but have never listened to. You may have even seen other bands wearing Martyr T-shirts in magazine photos.

Musical Notes: Lost in Americana
...and guppies eat their young formed in 1998 and have put out 10 records since their debut, to a loyal, if not dismal fan following. Now, before you send in letters to my editor about starting a sentence with ellipses and lower case, blame the band. Yes, that's how guppies spells its name, and they are Best Americana nominees of the 2004 New Times Music Showcase.

Re-write the 'Laws'
If ever you've taken the time out to see any genre of movie in your life, then I can guarantee that you have seen Laws of Attraction before. Not only have you seen this type of cheesy romantic comedy before, but you have seen a better one. Laws of Attraction is a movie that neither Pierce Brosnan nor Julianne Moore will boast about on their resume in the near future, nor will it ever pop up on a lifetime tribute show should either actor get to such a time in their career (and that's very likely still).

Denzel fiery in 'Man on Fire'
You can say whatever you'd like about Denzel Washington's newest action movie, Man On Fire, but we must give credit where it's due: this is, without a doubt, the strangest cinematic experience to hit the multiplexes in a long while. Director Tony Scott (Ridley's brother), who's brought us movies like Top Gun, Crimson Tide and Enemy of the State, hits the absolute high point of nuttiness with this 150-minute epic that manages to be a searing character study, vicious revenge film and sweet but not saccharine odd-couple drama all in one.

Spratling's best of the worst
This will be the last Eric Spratling column before school ends (don't worry ladies, I'm applying again for the fall), so I figure that rather than fill today's space with productive and insightful commentary, I'd just cover some lingering odds and ends. Well, mostly "odds," actually, and a little bit of bathroom humor.

War protests no longer an option
This will probably cost me my membership in the Michael Moore fan club, but I have to admit that, like many other liberals, my perception of the war has undergone a significant change. In the midst of the abstract sentiments that surround the war, everyone from presidential candidates to college students seems to be having a hard time determining what their stance on the war is.

Editorial: Semester's ending, pardon our Mess
The Stale Mess, coming to newsstands the last day of classes, is fake. Most people would understand that President Crow throwing up on himself, while making an interesting photo, wouldn't have the fortune of being caught on camera. So each semester, with a little help from Photoshop, the State Press Magazine makes it happen -- for fun, you know, to laugh at.

Brave the heat with the ABCs of summer
Summer is almost here. I have put together an A-to-Z guide to summer survival for those of you who are braving the Arizona heat for the first time. Feel free to cut this out and take with you in times of emergency. Always bring a bottled water with you wherever you go.

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
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Big man on campus
The day starts at 7 a.m.

President Michael Crow has a quick chat with student government leaders Brian Collier and Brandon Goad, which makes him late for the three-hour science, technology and public affairs class he teaches on Main campus once a week. He arrives in a flurry of black pants, blue shirt and red and blue tie. His golden brown eyes are bright and alert, despite the bags beneath them.

Concert review: G-Love stirs the special sauce
When artists dare to bridge or expand on a genre, it carries a negative connotation. Thus, the music world is a paradox. The public is sick of homogenous bands with quasi-witty names and forgettable KROQ hits. Yet they consume it, pay for it and every permutation of the same song twice baked for flavor reminiscent of the original.

In a heart beat
With the month of April and National Organ Donor Awareness month coming to a close, a donor awareness event on Wednesday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Hayden lawn will spread the word of the importance of being a donor. The event will have a live band, speakers, food and prizes.

Nintendo pimps out classic NES games on GBA
Tired of having to download NESticle and other emulators to satisfy your 8-bit cravings? I know I am. Grown weary of blowing on those dinosaurian NES carts of yours just to squeeze out one more game? Damn right! Fear not, my geeky brethren, because Nintendo of America wants to ease your gaming grief with the release of eight classic NES carts for the Game Boy Advance on June 7.

Fashion sense: The blushing bride
Carmen Electra wore Badgley & Mischka, Sarah Michelle Gellar strutted in Vera Wang, and Jennifer Aniston bought a dress from American designer, Lawrence Steele. For those wondering what to wear on that special day, here are some fashion forward suggestions.

Postcards from London: A walk down Abbey Road
Since my family came for a visit last week, I got a chance to join the herds of tourists in exploring some of London's main attractions. We started the trip off with a visit to the Natural History Museum, which contains a plethora of objects from the natural world.

Men's golf chokes in final round of Pac-10s in Tucson
Heading into Wednesday's final round, the ASU men's golf team possessed a commanding nine-shot lead and looked poised to bring home its 12th Pac-10 Championship in league history. The UA Wildcats, however, had other plans. The Wildcats took advantage of the Sun Devils' poor playing to pull out a five-shot victory and take home the Pac-10 Championship crown.

Baseball takes another in Wichita
WICHITA, Kan. --No comeback needed this time. On Wednesday, the ASU baseball team was content with its give-and-take relationship with Wichita State. The No. 10 Shockers gave the Sun Devils plenty of chances in the form of four errors, and ASU parlayed aggressiveness at the plate and a masterful pitching performance from starter Jeff Mousser into a 4-3 win over Wichita State before 4,370 at Eck Stadium.

Devil Dish: I won't cut the 'Bachelor'
It was announced Tuesday by ESPN that current "The Bachelor" heartthrob/ quarterback Jesse Palmer might be cut from the New York Giants after four lackluster seasons, including eight straight losses as starter at the end of 2003. Palmer was "drafted" by ABC to be their fifth star looking for love while under the glare of camera lights -- he has said he is done "playing the field" when it comes to women -- and is ready to settle down.

Former NBA player Thompson to fill men's hoops coaching vacancy
After nearly a month of speculation, the rumors have been quashed, the i's have been dotted and the t's have been crossed. ASU men's basketball coach Rob Evans announced Wednesday that Brooks Thompson will be joining his coaching staff next year. Thompson, the former head coach of Yavapai Community College in Prescott, will be filling the void left by longtime assistant Russ Pennell, who left the team for personal reasons.

Softball can't top Hollowell, Wildcats
The ASU softball team gave it a run, but in the end, the pitching of Alicia Hollowell was too much to overcome. The UA sophomore hurler tossed a two-hit complete game to lead the host Wildcats past the Sun Devils, 3-1, in a rare Pac-10 weekday affair. The win completed the three-game season sweep by UA.

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