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Knowing their roots
Former president of the Navajo Nation, Peterson Zah is now the special adviser of American Indian Affairs to President Michael Crow. From under a white tent on Hayden Lawn, members of ASU's American Indian Council sell tacos and fry bread. In the background, contestants for Ms. Indian ASU and other organization members parade down a runway for the American Indian fashion show.

The event marks the start of ASU's Native American Culture Week, which will culminate this weekend with a powwow on the band practice fields. The week is the only time every year that ASU's relatively tiny American Indian population becomes one of the most visible.

Triple Shot: Cooling off
The Kiwanis Recreation Center Pool is open to the public until August.  With a wave pool and water slide, this pool offers a great way to cool off in the summer.  The wave maker can create eight different waves. Even though it's April, the thermometer has been inching upward every day, which can only mean one thing -- the triple-digit mark is just around the corner.

And the only remedy for the daunting Arizona heat besides camping out at the movie theater is good old H20, whether in liquid or ice form. This week, SPM tells you about three cool ways to beat the heat.

Unusual Outings: Wiggling to the finish line
Andrew Donaldson, left, squirts his goldfish with a water bottle to encourage it to the finish line.  The goldfish of ASU junior Jose Lugo, right, got off to a slow start.  The referee, scantily clad in cowboy boots, a cowboy hat and a short denim skirt, climbs on the chair.

"I'm the boss," she yells. "Whatever I say, goes. No arguing."

She pulls the names of the first competitors out of a jar.

"Anchovies and Prince Albert, you guys are up," she says.

In your own backyard: A stimulating society
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Economics senior Chris Hartwig plays a board game with fellow club members.  Hartwig is the co-founder of The Gamers Society, a group that meets weekly to play a variety of board games. It's a late afternoon in the Memorial Union, and while most students are scarfing down lunch, one group of students sits hovered around a single table, cards in hand.

They are members of one of the least talked about, but most organized and devoted clubs on campus, The Gamers Society.

On the Web: Blogging for A's
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Internet blogs have become popular among students and professors for academic reasons and entertainment.  From authors including average Joes and newscasters to celebrities and porn stars, blogs have gone from something the company computer guy does to a mainstream form of expression.

Blogs, or online Web journals, are used to spout off about current events, dish about the latest gossip or just kill time complaining about an awful day.

Off the Shelf: Eerie encounters
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Allison Dubois will be at Changing Hands bookstore today for a book signing of her new book 'Don't Kiss Them Good-bye.' For a lot of people, the phrase "I see dead people" is just a famous movie line, but for Allison Dubois, it's a fact of life.

Dubois is a medium, which means she can contact the dead, and is the inspiration for NBC's new primetime drama, "Medium," starring Patricia Arquette. She also is the author of the new book, "Don't Kiss Them Goodbye," which she will be discussing and signing at 7 tonight at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe.

In your own backyard: An Argentinean art
Freshmen Cameron Kenny and Carolyn Orosco dance together at a tango workshop.  The couple says they took the class because they have been dating for a year and have never danced together.  The basement of the Nelson Fine Arts Center at ASU looks like anything but a dance hall. On a Friday night, the cold, gray concrete floors and the surrounding stark white walls give these seemingly empty corridors the feeling of an insane asylum, which is only emphasized by the voices and the laughter echoing through the air.

But tonight, a quick turn around the corner reveals 16 couples, arm in arm, awkwardly staring over at the feet of their neighbors in an attempt to figure out how their own are supposed to be moving.

On Campus: Super seniors
Danielle Peterson / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Theater senior Brandon Chase Goldsmith is 30 years old and still going to school.  Van Wilder may have officially glamorized being a seventh-year senior in "National Lampoon's Van Wilder," in which he speeds around in a customized golf cart and scouts campus for hot girls at the expense of his father's paycheck.

But the reality of the title is that being a super senior is not always such a glamorous life. Whether they simply enjoy learning or just can't seem to finish a major, partying is often the last thing on their agendas.

Sexual Discourse: Is it too soon?
Nursing sophomore Nicole Keller says if you really like someone, it is easier to wait to have sex.  Sex is an important factor in many relationships. Whether you've decided to have it, or to wait it out, the conversation of "should we, or shouldn't we" is hard to avoid.

A recent Esquire Magazine survey found that American women wait an average of 5.5 dates before going to bed with a potential suitor. This number is a far cry from the days when the courting phase of a relationship would last for months.

Admyering the view: A lesson in culture
Four months ago, I knew surprisingly little about American Indians.

I've lived in Arizona for 15 years and despite the abundance of tribes here, I never took interest in American Indian culture or history.

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