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OPINIONS
Opinion: Look beyond athletes’ actions to find true character revealed
Character is shaped by experiences throughout our life, and how we handle each experience builds our character. But perhaps more relevance should be given to how character is revealed than how it is built.

Opinion: Afghans need aid in the form of education
What may not be so obvious is the importance of the education that Pakistani children receive. We all know that the war on terrorism is not going to be a short thing, nor is it going to be won by conventional military might. Education can be the greatest tool we have at our disposal to root out terrorism — if we use it right.

Opinion: Letters to the Editor
Thank you for Tuesday’s editorial regarding the military’s continued exclusion of gays [“Uncle Sam wants you for war — unless you’re gay”]. Here on campus, openly gay people are also excluded from joining the ROTC.



Editorial: Anthrax attacks cause pranksters, paranoia to spread
The suddenly-real fear of anthrax now entering the American consciousness has uncovered a startling level of vulnerability. The FBI has received more than 2,300 reports of “possible anthrax” since Oct. 1. Americans, up until now, believed they lived behind a veil of safety, but that confidence has been blown away by a gentle gust of powder-white anthrax.

In any other circumstance, the jumpiness of people eager to report spilled baby powder could be classified as an absurd overreaction. But we’re no longer living in normal circumstances. We’re living in a world where one man has died from anthrax and more are exposed daily, including a baby.

We’re living in a world where somebody called the police because of a suspicious pile of sand. Before last month, a pile of sand would have to be wearing a trench coat and sunglasses to be classified as suspicious. No longer. The fear of anthrax has turned all of us into would-be detectives, spotting the deadly disease in our everyday lives. Without knowing the source of these anthrax attacks, overreaction seems an impossible threshold.

One woman filed a report because she thought her laundry detergent smelled differently. Several Southwest airplanes were grounded after white powder was found aboard. Even in Arizona, a person in Sierra Vista called police because she found white powder in a park. The powder was actually the trail for a race. In Flagstaff, a man called the FBI after finding white granules in his rental car.

The Associated Press reports that a man in Nevada alerted the FBI after receiving an unsigned letter in a package without a return address. The package contained a sexually suggestive letter and a pair of woman’s black thong panties. The man told investigators he was worried about contracting anthrax after he sniffed the contents to see if they had been sprayed with perfume. The FBI determined that the package had been sent from a woman who was the man’s secret admirer. “I don’t know of anybody who would do this and I have no explanation for it. I feel kind of silly,” the man, who wished to remain anonymous, said.

Aside from receiving panties in the mail, that man shouldn’t feel silly. Many reports of anthrax scares seem superfluous. But in this time of heightened awareness and vulnerability, in a time when just opening an envelope can mean a death sentence, nobody can be blamed for being too cautious.

Following close behind this powder-coated mass hysteria are people cruel enough to exploit America’s newfound vulnerability

People playing anthrax hoaxes have turned up around the country, creating more panic than already is happening naturally. Attorney General John Ashcroft announced Tuesday the indictment of a Connecticut man who knew of a false anthrax report but stood silently as his building was evacuated and his co-workers were washed down.

Other white powder pranksters across the country have rightfully run into legal action. “They create illegitimate alarm in a time of legitimate concern,” Ashcroft said.

This is the time when political correctness becomes useful. Pranksters who were previously limited to whoopie cushions and flaming bags of dog poo see America’s vulnerability as an opportunity for a new joke. These people are no better than terrorists and should be prosecuted as such.

SPORTS
The state of this ASU football team is no joking matter
The level of talent has decreased slightly, but not enough to make that significant of a difference. The great players like John Jefferson, Ben Malone and Danny White are long gone, but the present-day players are good enough to take the team to the postseason.



Krohn looks good at practice
In the weeks leading up to the start of the 2001 season, ASU head coach Dirk Koetter said he was still not ready to announce a decision about the team’s three quarterbacks.



Men’s golf comes in last at Pate Intercollegiate
The Sun Devils shot a 48-over 900 to finish in last place at the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate in Birmingham, Ala. ASU turned in a 29-over 313 Tuesday to slip into 12th place at the University of Alabama’s Old Overton Club.

CAMPUS NEWS
Concerns of Anthrax flood local FBI office
Tempe police, with the support of the FBI, has begun investigating calls from citizens who are concerned they could have received a package or letter containing anthrax.



Ed Hall, spokesman for the Phoenix division of the FBI, said the agency has been inundated with calls from citizens who have received suspicious letters and packages.



“We have received 150 calls since Oct. 9,” he said. “Nationwide, the FBI has fielded more than 2,500 calls concerning possible anthrax contamination.”

Online program teaches how to prepare for terrorism situations
ASU East's master's of science in technology program will be available online in the spring to teach graduate students around the world about a number of critical topics, including terrorism.

ASASU replaces graduate council
The Graduate College Council will no longer be recognized by the Associated Students of ASU and will be replaced by a new college council, according to a bill passed unanimously in a Senate meeting Tuesday.



Today
The Today Section is a daily calendar of events printed as a service to the ASU community. Requests are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and are printed as space permits. We do not take requests over the phone, via e-mail or fax. Forms may be picked up in the basement of the Matthews Center, where they should be filled out completely and legibly.

Business school nearing 'top notch'
After receiving above-average rankings for its day, evening and executive programs, the ASU Master of Business Administration online program was given high marks in this week's edition of U.S. News and World Report.

Police Beat
• A 31-year-old Tempe man was arrested for bicycle theft, possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing justice.



More to Tempe firefighters than fires
There is a very tangible sense of camaraderie amongst Tempe firefighters these days with an added sense of family. Since the events of Sept. 11, the usual teasing and joking still takes place around the firehouse on Southern Avenue.

State Fair Ticket Winners!
Sixteen ASU students have won two tickets each to the State Fair and a State Fair event. Find out if you are one of them. If not, register for our newsletter in time for the next drawing on Oct. 17.

'Street Smarts' makes way to Tempe
Good-looking, funny, and outrageous are the kind of people the hit television game show 'Street Smarts' were looking for as they searched downtown Tempe for contestants last week.

ENTERTAINMENT
At the movies: quick reviews of new films
Fans of David Lynch will love the complicated structure, the detailed settings and the dark mood of his twisted Hollywood tale. Those unfamiliar or unimpressed with his work will dismiss it as baffling, pretentious or both — if they dare to enter the theater, that is.

Classic car show offers family fun
The McDonald’s parking lot in the Scottsdale Pavilions Shopping Center is roaring with life. The deep rumble of a 1968 Camaro’s engine, and the tempting scent of McDonald’s french-fries, fills the air. Shining chrome from more than 300 pre-1975 cars tantalizes the eye.



Hayden Lawn concert to benefit Red Cross
A free concert is always a good thing (except if it’s a Jessica Simpson concert). When it’s to help the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, it’s even better.

The way you sip your tea: A look at Valley teahouses
“In 1979, I ran a toll shop with my sister, but I’m not a sitter — I’m a run-around-and-go-getter,” she said. “I needed something different, and Glendale needed a tearoom.”

Contest seeks Phoenix's tough men and women
The Toughman contest will be in town this Friday and Saturday. It's an event where ordinary guys throw on a pair of boxing gloves in hopes of winning the title of Toughest Man in the Valley and a thousand dollars they can put toward the hospital bill.



Taking The Edge off: local station to sign off
The station that brings us Howard Stern in the morning, Mandatory Marley at 4:20 and all the punk and alternative music acts heard at the annual That Damn Show is taking down the stage and closing the curtain so to speak in the very near future.

The Daggers rock Valley music scene
Rock n’ roll decadence and Budweiser prevail at the Slash City Daggers’ Tempe headquarters. The smell of hairspray hangs heavy in the smoke-filled room, as cell phones ring and polka-dotted scarves are straightened.

Tea offers break from daily grind
The gardens were home to famous literary and artist types in the early 1900s. People like Virginia Wolf and Rupert Brooke often reclined in outdoor lounge chairs under the shade of fruit trees talking politics and literature — a saucer in one hand and a raised teacup in the other.

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