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Student leaders visited Tucson strip club
Members of the Arizona Students' Association visited a strip club during a recent trip to Tucson that was funded by student money, student officials said.

The trip occurred on March 11 and 12, during the Arizona Board of Regents meeting. The expenses incurred during the trip, including travel, hotel costs and food costs, were paid by the ASA, which is funded by a $2 annual fee from all Arizona students.

Fire makes Tempe homes unlivable
With wind gusts reaching upwards of 30 miles per hour, a small fence fire morphed into a large blaze that left two homes unlivable and several yards blackened in a neighborhood directly west of ASU Main.

A strong westward wind blew smoke from the fire throughout the campus, leaving a pungent smell that permeated the campus' west side.

ASU to revamp camera policy
ASU will be reviewing and rewriting parts of its security camera policy regarding hundreds of surveillance cameras around campus starting this summer, the head of ASU's Department of Public Safety said Thursday.

"Obviously we want the policy to be in line with the actual practice," said ASU police Cmdr. John Sutton. "Otherwise, it's not a viable policy if you don't have to follow it."

Police Beat: 600 bucks worth of poo
Tempe police reported the following incidents Thursday: A 27-year-old Phoenix man was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct near the 1700 block of South Rural Road. He allegedly was engaged in a fight after throwing a soda at another vehicle. He fled on foot, then was caught and arrested.

ABOR: Tuition fees approved
The Arizona Board of Regents approved special fees Thursday that increase some students' tuition by $26,000. Some special fees apply to certain classes, such as life drawing, while others will apply to entire programs, such as the Golf Professional Training Program.

ABOR: Presidents ask for more funds
Arizona's university presidents presented a plan to the Arizona Board of Regents on Thursday that would request more adequate funding for the state's three universities. The universities requested enrollment-growth funding from the state according to a "22-to-one" formula, or enough money to hire one faculty member for every 22 full-time students.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Editorial: Boos & Bravos
BRAVO to ASU's Nicole Priestly-Magana for being a finalist for Maxim magazine's "Hometown Hotties." All we can say is that this TA certainly lives up to her title. BOO to the smeared feces in the Manzanita Hall elevator from today's Police Beat. Peeing down the stairwell is one thing, but smeared poop is just one step too far.

You Americans aren't so bad
"Farewell, So long, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu" so sang the saccharine Von Trapps before they buggered off across the Alps, leaving a few irritable Nazis in their wake, and so hum I as I scribe my last piece for The State Press. I will be leaving these shores in just three weeks, having spent a year rubbing shoulders with America as a Legal Non-Immigrant.

New bishop wants gays silent
In an institution more commonly known for repressive members, sex scandals and the commonly used and misunderstood word "dogma" (ode to Kevin Smith), love and acceptance seem like a far cry from the norm. And for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, under the direction of Bishop Thomas J.

Letters to the editor: Pat Tillman reaction
This is a letter I sent to the UMass Daily Collegian in regards to a column that said Pat Tillman wasn't a hero, but just some "Rambo" (Pat Tillman is not a hero: he got what he deserved," by Rene Gonzalez, April 28):

Dear Editor:

I heard about the column written about Pat Tillman not being a hero, read it and am appalled. As a student at Arizona State, I had the honor to meet Pat Tillman a couple of times when he was just starting at ASU and I was finishing my bachelor's degree. He was a man who was steered by conviction and the desire to help others.

My Turn: BOOs & BRAVOS from the GPSA president
The State Press has had such a good run at the BOOs & BRAVOs this year that I thought I would finally take a stab at my own list as a way of accomplishing many things in a short space, so to start ... BRAVO to The State Press and editor-in-chief Sara Thorson for mocking all of us when necessary and for using the paper to help everyone understand that the student government is now three things in one.

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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Running on empty
Howard Taylor looks at the Student Recreation Center and sees problems.

ASU's only facility where students can exercise, play and compete for fun is 15 years old and showing its age.

The roof, carpeting and field lights need to be replaced, and the wood floors in the gym are worn.

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.

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.

Devil Dish: Doing it doggy style
Have you noticed that your four-legged friend looks a little down lately? A German man by the name of Karl-Friedrich Lenze thinks he has the perfect solution to cheer your dog up -- a dog brothel house. For those of you who aren't sure what a brothel is, it's a prostitute house.

Softball: Farber commits record number of thefts
Kristin Farber's preseason goals were to get on board and steal bases. Mission accomplished. During Sunday's game against Oregon State, the senior center fielder stole her 32nd base of the year for the ASU softball team, passing Lisa Dacquisto for first place on the school's single season stolen base list.

Opinion: UMASS columnist should meet the real Tillman
You had to figure it was coming sooner or later. Some-where in the world, somebody would use the tragic death of Pat Tillman as a tool to speak out about the war on terrorism. In case you haven't heard about it or read about it on, University of Massachusetts graduate student Rene Gonzalez wrote a column in UMASS's campus newspaper, The Daily Collegian, in which he said that Tillman "got what he deserved.

Baseball: Larish's troubles appear to be behind him
Coming into the season, ASU junior left fielder Jeff Larish was rated as one of the top 10 college prospects in the country, a tough weight to shoulder considering he still had a season to play in college. Many juniors have struggled under the heavy expectations and pressure of the looming professional draft.

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