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ASU gets taste of culture at annual World Festival

Caitlin Coonan / THE STATE PRESS
ASU student Holly Engler practices her part of the performance, "She me Kwek," a traditional southeast Asian dance.
African drumbeats, salsa dancers and cuisine from around the world brought about 2,000 people to Hayden Lawn Thursday for ASU's World Festival.

The festival featured 11 performances from cultural groups, and groups also staffed tables around the lawn.

Organizers moved the annual event from the Student Services Lawn this year and saw attendance double, said Julie Swensgard of the International Student Office.

"It was a good move," she said. "Everything fell together really well for us."

Business and Japanese senior Connie Liu, president of the Taiwan Study Society, represented her group at the festival.

"[The society's mission] is to promote Taiwan as an independent country and not part of China," she said.

Kaplan offers free grad-school practice tests

Students preparing for graduate school and standardized tests can take a free practice exam on campus Saturday.

Undergraduate Student Government and Kaplan, a test-prep company, will offer the tests for free, but take donations for Community Outreach and Advocacy for Refugees.

More planes, more problems

Phoenix officials have said high-rise condominium towers under construction in downtown Tempe could disrupt flight paths around Sky Harbor International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration approved the Centerpoint Condominiums project based on 22 stories for the tallest structures, said Jane Morris, deputy director of the planning and environmental divisions at Phoenix's Aviation Department.

Student starts 'insulting' site

"My 16-month-old parakeet has a better vocabulary than you." That's just one of the insults sitting in President Bush's mailbox thanks to a new Web site,

ASU prepped grad for success in China

One recent ASU graduate has taken what he learned here back with him to his native China and set his sights on developing a new software program that would replace Google.

Bing Li traveled from Beijing in January 2000 to experience ASU's culture and academics. Since graduating, he has used his experiences to launch his own software company.

Female, male inequality still exists in workplaces

Economist and author Sylvia Ann Hewlett said women are still being shortchanged in the work force and companies need to look for an alternative to the "white male model."

Hewlett, this year's Rhodes Chair, spoke on campus Wednesday at the John J. Rhodes Lecture.

M Hoops: Devils look to burst Wildcats' bubble

Jeff Pendergraph
The ASU men's basketball team has nothing to lose Saturday. UA, on the other hand, has a lot at stake.

The Wildcats remain unranked in the polls and are considered a bubble team for the NCAA Tournament, putting their 22nd consecutive appearance (the second-longest streak in NCAA history) in jeopardy. An ASU victory would certainly damage UA's chances for an invitation.

Softball: ASU's undefeated season on line

The undefeated ASU softball team will start a three-week road trip today at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga.

Holding on to Hope

On the cover
Shaney McCoy is a middle-class white woman from Clearwater, Kan. Raised in a Christian home, she's played by the rules most of her life. She's doesn't drink, she's not sexually promiscuous, she doesn't touch drugs and she's certainly never shared needles with anyone.

But this blonde-haired, blue-eyed picture of wholesome Midwestern values does share something with drug users, street workers and many poverty stricken people around the world.

Shaney McCoy is HIV positive. And she's not ashamed of it. In fact, she wants you to know it can happen to you. "This is a virus," says the psychology senior. "It doesn't choose who it infects."

Tick Tock: Taking Care of Business

At 5 a.m. on Monday when your alarm goes off, the snooze button feels like your only friend. The party weekend is over.

The party weekend is over.

Frat Talk: The Good Boys

At the Native New Yorker Restaurant on Dorsey Lane and Broadway Road, a large group of fraternity brothers assemble for a night out.

At first glance the scene looks pretty average; a sprinkling of creatively-perched baseball caps, some muscle shirts, mountains of food. But something's wrong.
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