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To extremes

Muscles rippling, Holly Dison contorts her body and grips a sketchy pocket on the wall with her fingers.

She wraps her right leg around the back of her left, delicately balancing on a sliver of rock the size of a baby carrot. Her lithe body is completely taut as she grabs a good-sized slab and holds on tight. Finally, she drops onto the padded ground with a soft thud and announces she is starting to feel warmed up.

Students talk tuition in regents forum

About 30 students attended the annual Arizona Board of Regents tuition and fee hearing Wednesday to show their support for moderation and predictability in tuition and fees.

The regents intended to use the statewide university forum to gather student opinion about tuition and fees. UA and NAU held similar forums. ASU President Michael Crow recommended an 8.5 percent increase in February for all students except incoming non-resident students who would face a 16 percent increase.

Community college debate continues

The House Committee of Appropriations heard testimony on a bill that would allow community colleges to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees by 2008 at the state Capitol on Wednesday.

The committee rescheduled voting on the bill until Monday because of the amount of testimony that needed to be heard. Rep. Russell K. Pearce, R-Mesa, introduced the bill earlier this year. The bill is in response to the enrollment growth concerns voiced by the universities.

Burkhart toys with perfection

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ASU freshman left-hander Katie Burkhart narrowly missed pitching a no-hitter Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader against Eastern Michigan at Farrington Stadium. She gave up one run on one hit to earn her fourth win of the season.
ASU freshman left-hander Katie Burkhart entered the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader with some impressive early-season stats. She ended it one pitch from perfection in a 2-1 victory that set the tone for a sweep of Eastern Michigan at Farrington Stadium.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Burkhart's quest for a perfect game came to an abrupt halt when Eastern Michigan senior second baseman Liz Flack blasted a home run over the center-field fence.

Hoops: Diogu, Braxton backing Evans

More than just Pac-10 Tournament seeding will be at stake Saturday when the ASU men's basketball team hosts No. 11 UA in the regular-season finale at Wells Fargo Arena. ASU coach Rob Evans' job is on the line.

Speculation is that Evans could be on his way out if ASU (18-11, 7-10 Pac-10) doesn't make the NCAA Tournament, causing captains Ike Diogu and Jason Braxton to forge a rallying cry for their embattled coach.

Fashion: Worn out

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Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE

Broadcasting senior Steph Van Horn allows SPM to give her a fashion makeover at Buffalo Exchange on Friday.
Jeans and a T-shirt.

The look is classic, but on a campus of about 50,000 students, the outfit can get a little tired. This week, SPM takes two ASU students with cookie-cutter clothes, challenges them to walk the fashion plank and let us deck them out in garb they would normally never wear.

Triple Shot: Must-see galleries

The image an art gallery often conjures up is a crowd of stuffy, old people eating cheap wine and cheese -- the kind of people who could probably buy the whole gallery if they so desired.

But all it takes to truly appreciate art is a thirsty and open mind and knowledge of the best, lesser-known galleries in the area.
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