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Editorial: ASASU senator should ‘Oubai’ common sense
Hate crimes and fake hate crimes. Professors arrested on suspicion of being involved with ecstasy-dealing rings. American flags removed from dining halls.

Opinion: Capitol Hill hypocrites hype attack to aid political agenda
At a time when Democrats in Congress are willing to support President Bush to show the rest of the world our country is united and strong, Republicans are attempting to capitalize by forcing Democrats to vote on legislation they normally wouldn’t support.

Opinion: Right to choose gender ethical baby blunder
For those of you with white-picket fence aspirations, who are morally torn between baby blue and pink, or who envied the symmetry of families from the Berenstein Bears to the Brady Bunch, I have good news. Achieving the gender balance in those Brady Bunch boxes just got a bit easier.

Opinion: Suffering from news saturation; searching for the stupid again
I want to flip past CNN and see some guy in a bad toupee telling me that the future's market is doing just fine. Then I want to flip to MSNBC and Headline News and see the same damn thing. Just like the old times.



SPORTS
ASU athletes get dose of inspiration from 'Rudy'
Former Notre Dame football player Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, the only player in the team's history to be carried off of the field on teammates' shoulders, gave a motivational speech to 100 ASU student-athletes and guests at the Student Recreation Complex Wednesday.



ASU volleyball happy to have Tucson transplant Akporiaye
When the Sun Devil women's volleyball team steps into the hostile McKale Center Friday night for its meeting with intrastate rival UA, freshman Alicia Akporiaye will feel right at home.

Soccer returns home briefly for matchup against Lumberjacks
ASU (6-2) gets a chance to play in its stadium tonight, hosting NAU at 7. Then it’s back on the road for the Sun Devils as they travel to San Diego this weekend for a game against USD (5-3) on Sunday afternoon. In fact, three of ASU’s next four games will again be on the road.



Devils could rage on Ragin' Cajuns
The Ragin’ Cajuns of Louisiana-Lafayette haven’t fared well against the PAC-10. In fact, they’ve been savagely beaten by the only PAC-10 team they’ve ever played.



Peel named Pac-10 Player of the Week
After an impressive showing at the Invitational Tournament in Kentucky last weekend, ASU freshman forward Stephanie Peel was named Pac-10 Women's Soccer Player of the Week.

CAMPUS NEWS
Professor says he’s innocent of drug claims
An ASU professor arrested for alleged connections with a drug-dealing Ecstasy ring is not believed to have made the drug on campus, officials said Wednesday.

Health center helps smokers quit
The program, which started Monday, will give students four weeks of free nicotine replacement products such as the patch, nicotine gum or the prescription drug Zyban, an antidepressant that helps people quit smoking, said pharmacy manager Carl Labbe.



New ASU pharmacy offers extra perks
Following the results of a student survey, a new ASU pharmacy will offer shampoo, protein bars and over-the-counter medicine. The pharmacy, which will open Monday, is part of a $120,000 remodeling of the Student Health Center, said pharmacy manager Carl Labbe.



Tempe, ASU offers services for depression
Counseling and Consultation Services will have a table set up on Hayden Lawn and in the Alumni Lounge in the Memorial Union from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday. Staff members will be present to answer questions from students.

Today
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Police Beat
Tempe police released these incidents Wednesday:



• A 48-year-old Mesa man was arrested for shoplifting after he concealed merchandise and left the store without paying for it.



Tunnel hopes to break prejudices
The Tunnel of Oppression, a tradition on ASU's campus, will once again try to break down prejudice and educate people about oppression that occurs every day.

Timeline of Shahbandar saga
The controversy surrounding Associated Students of ASU Senator Oubai Shahbandar is not new. The Senator from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has made waves over the last few months and last semester.



ASU plant biology professor arrested in Ecstasy ring
ASU plant biology professor Ralph A. Backhaus was arrested by the Arizona Department of Public Safety in connection with a three-state Ecstasy ring.

Shahbandar stays in office
Controversial Associated Students of ASU Senator was saved from impeachment Wednesday during a meeting of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences College Council.

ENTERTAINMENT
'Warrior Sisters' gets mixed review
The more I think about the musical 'Warrior Sisters,' the more I can't decide if I enjoyed the show or not. On one hand it is a modern American opera mixing traditional Asian and African music with contemporary jazz. On the other, the story is difficult to follow, even with the program.

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