Serving Arizona State University Online Since 1995  Current Issue: Wednesday, October 24, 2001





Editorial: TV shows finally get ‘real’ by not getting real at all
The events of Sept. 11 have brought about a change in this country. The government is working together in a way that seemed inconceivable before that day. People can now wave an American flag without being considered an intellectually inferior redneck. America might rethink its foreign policy in the Middle East.

Opinion: Leaky, smelly sewage system still better than alternatives
This growing national concern over anthrax and bioterrorism is slowly tending toward paranoia, which (unless stopped), will blind us to a more immediate local threat: sewage systems.

Opinion: Preparing for death: A portrait of paranoia
If my fate is in anthrax's misty clouds, then I might die clean with its bacterial touch poking my veins. Or maybe I'm allergic to anthrax and my head will explode or I'll foam all my organs out through my major orifices. Now that's a mess.

Letters to the Editor
Sex as a “need.” No one has ever died from a lack of sex, whereas countless people have died as a result of STDs. Wanting something very badly is not a “need” in a biological sense and the fact that it is addressed as such (by a plant biology senior, no less) shows just how highly sexualized our society has become.

Hump Day Hoopla: Staying at home and a little online luck brings me the Series
Not only did I see the Cardinals get their first home win of the season and see an amazing night of music from one of the best British bands in their first visit to Arizona, but I was also able to get my hands on four tickets to game two of the World Series.

Sun Devils rally to bury NAU
The Sun Devil volleyball team came storming back Tuesday to defeat NAU 3-2 after dropping the first two games to the Lady Lumberjacks behind a career-high 13 kills from Courtney Blocher and a record-setting performance by Jami Coughlin.

Sun Devils’ defense wary of UW’s Pickett
When the Sun Devils faced the Huskies last season, everyone knew the name Marques Tuiasosopo. This season, far less people know the name Cody Pickett.

Women’s golf closes out another strong fall season
The ASU women’s golf team’s fall season would be deemed very successful for almost any other program in the nation, but it has been tabbed as nothing more than average for a school that prides itself on being the best.

Huskies pose threat, but Devils playing recklessly
Trashing Oregon State was one thing. Doing the same thing to the Washington Huskies is another. If the Sun Devils expect to even their PAC-10 record at 2-2 this weekend against the Huskies, they should also expect to need the same stingy fourth quarter defense they stymied OSU with on Saturday.

Odyssey reaches Mars with ASU’s instrument
After a suspenseful pause, the Mars 2001 Odyssey rounded the planet, and the first step in the mission to Mars was a success. The mood at the Moeur Building, where ASU scientists and onlookers gathered to watch Odyssey catch Mars’s orbit Tuesday night, was “cautiously optimistic,” said ASU’s mission manager, Greg Mehall.

Cronkite: ‘Zero’ foreign coverage partly to blame for attacks
Broadcasting legend Walter Cronkite partly blamed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the national media’s lack of foreign coverage when he spoke to ASU students Tuesday.

Cronkite, who has been hailed as “The Most Trusted Man in America” and has attached his name to the ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication, spoke to nearly 400 students for a program that will air on KAET-TV.

Sports events help jumpstart Tempe's declining economy
Tracy Clark, economist for the Bank One Economic Outlook Center at ASU, said the upcoming events would have a positive impact on the Tempe economy.

• S.A.F.A.R.I. is having a general meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Memorial Union, Room 215.

• Bi-Necessity, ASU’s organization of bisexual and non-labeling students, is having a meeting at 7 p.m. at The Muse Coffeehouse.

Local post offices increase security
President Bush announced Wednesday that he is giving the United States Postal Service $175 million to implement the use of technological instruments to sanitize the mail.

Police Beat
Tempe police released these incidents Tuesday:

• An 18-year-old Tempe man was arrested for shoplifting after he concealed merchandise and exited the store.

Police to patrol campus malls
“Police are in the process of observing traffic areas and deciding what areas to focus on next week,” ASU police Lt. John Sutton said.

Cronkite visits ASU, presents journalism award
Legendary television news anchor Walter Cronkite concluded a brief visit to ASU by presenting a prestigious journalism award which carries his name. Watch video from Walter Cronkite's press conference Wednesday.

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.

We have more State Fair winners!
Eight Web Devil newsletter subscribers have won State Fair event tickets.

CD Review
If you haven’t yet heard The Strokes’ debut album yet, you’ve no doubt heard the hype built up around this New York City band.

Oyster House home to friendly ghosts
The ghosts that haunt Casey Moore’s Oyster House in Tempe usually start with little things — a tap on the shoulder, a drink flying out of someone’s hand, objects disappearing and reappearing in odd places, neckties tugged, a soft blow on someone’s neck while talking on the phone.

'The Last Castle' saves best scene for last
The quiet tip-toeing out your door, hiding behind pillars and furniture, and the look on dad's face when he got 3 inches of steel blade plunged deep into the red recesses of his vital organs. Now who's grounded, huh old man?!

‘Corky Romano’ offers cheesy family humor
Chris Kattan has played memorable characters on Saturday Night Live, including the head-bobbing Roxbury guy, the crazed monkey Mr. Peppers and the homoerotic showgirl-boy Mango.

Alwun House scares up macabre art show
Inside the Alwun House gallery, a small crowd recently gathered around the piece in the question. Perched in the room’s corners, gargoyles eyed the patrons with suspicion. Malevolent yet cartoonish beasts watched from their paintings, ready to assail any art aficionado who dared to poke the hanging doll in the room’s center.

Spice up your life with Salsa 101
Through the dance department, many ASU students are honing their after-hours dancing skills mid-day in a classroom. One of the popular classes this semester is salsa dancing.

Modified says goodbye with final Modifest
Modified, a tiny little house with wooden floors and no air conditioning, has long been the place to go in Phoenix for indie acts both national and local.

Billy Gardell takes blue-collar comedy to Improv
I think I might have grown up down the street from Billy Gardell. Or at least that is how I felt the entire time I had him on the phone. He reminded me of my guy friends from high school. The guy next door who did not have to be the center of attention, but ended up being the one everyone loved to be around because he came up with those classic one-liners that always put us in our place.

It’s the Great Pumpkin, ‘SPM!’
As a long-time Phoenix resident, I’ve come to realize that October is the best time of the year here. The temperatures finally dip back down to a tolerable level, and the smell of fall is in the air.

Local Haunts
A maniac with a chain saw chases around scared little boys. A strobe light flashes in the background. And the scent of horses strangely replaces the scents of orange plastic candy buckets and pumpkin pie. Dust and fake blood come together nicely before Halloween in Arizona.

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