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Editorial: Boos & Bravos
BRAVO to Terri Cox for being named ASU's new assistant volleyball coach on Thursday. BOO to construction. The campus is undergoing more "improvements." The latest project is between the Education and Stauffer buildings.

Opinion: Drug addicts not terrorists:Bush's new war misguided
I'm not sure how many of you will believe this, but I've never really experimented with drugs. I've been surrounded by enough potheads and tweekers to kill any desire to inhale, ingest, or inject anything I can buy off a guy who goes by Jay-Jay.

Opinion: Liquor ads reach youth without TV's help
Long ago, in a haven for underage drinking far, far away, some friends of mine spent an evening with a case of beer and a bottle of Jack Daniel's. One guy, who was not me and whom no readers should confuse with me, drank a lot of beer and then proceeded to mix the Jack into beer cans.

Opinion: Insurance companies should bear the cost of contraceptives
If men could get pregnant, I wouldn't even be writing this column. But since they can't, we have to ask the question: Should health insurance companies that offer prescription drugs and devices to its members be required to offer birth control drugs and devices too?

Well, duh! I mean, in a society that values men and women as equals, it shouldn't even be a question.

Cox makes return to ASU as an assistant
Head coach Patti Snyder-Park announced Thursday that former Sun Devil Terri Cox will return to the volleyball program this fall as an assistant.

Gymnasts hit road for Pac-10s
Coming off two stellar finishes with season-high scores, the ASU gymnastics team travels to Palo Alto, Calif., tonight to partake in the Pac-10 Championships.

Sun Devils enter weekend meet without talented senior thrower
To the average college student, Baldy Castillo is just a funny name, but to the ASU track and field program, he is the only head coach in the school's 60-year history to win an outdoor national championship.

Wright notches midseason honor
Sophomore third baseman Phelan Wright has been the most potent weapon in the ASU softball team's arsenal this season. During spring break, she swung one of the hottest bats in the nation.

Wildcats 19-8 with weak 2002 schedule
The first-year UA head coach, who last managed at Florida, has had to contend with a soft schedule that finds both him and his staff wondering about being able to contend in the Pac-10.

Tougher opponents gives Devils edge
The renewal of one of college baseball's oldest rivalries will show why teams should assemble a difficult preseason schedule, instead of playing nothing but patsies for the first two months of the year.

Devils ready for conference play
Having already played four top 25 teams without taking a single weekend off, ASU could almost look at the upcoming Pac-10 season, which begins tonight against UA in Tucson, as a vacation.

Music Review
The Eels are more commonly known as "the band that sings that one song." That one song usually refers to "Novocaine for the Soul," "My Beloved Monster" or "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues." Mention their albums like Daisies of the Galaxy or Electro-Shock Blues and you'll probably be met with a lot of blank stares.

ASU alumna joins state Supreme Court as youngest member
Berch earned her bachelor's of science degree in sociology in 1976, her law degree in 1979 and her English master's of arts in 1990. During her career, she has depended heavily on her ASU roots and is a strong contributor to the College of Law.

Asian Business Leaders Association is having an academic luncheon featuring guest speaker Ross Crane, vice president of Avnet Applied Computing noon in the MU, Room 222.

Police Beat
A 26-year-old Tempe man was arrested on a charge of shoplifting at Albertson's, 750 E. Guadalupe Road, after allegedly concealing a bottle of vodka in his pants.

Famed economist illustrates curve
The designer of one of the most famous curves known to economists spoke to a group of ASU students and faculty Thursday. Arthur Laffer, who was President Reagan's chief economic adviser, devised the Laffer curve.

Biology student wins national Truman award
ASU junior Esther Ellsworth will be announced as a 2002 Harry S. Truman Scholarship recipient today. The 21-year-old biology major is being awarded $30,000 for two years at a graduate school of her choice.

ASASU candidates to debate on TV
The two remaining candidates for the ASASU presidency will debate on campus television Friday evening in a landmark event for ASU. The Web Devil and Channel 2 will sponsor the first ASASU televised debate this evening in the KAET studios.

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ASU proposes plan for Tempe Center's future
In the first of two meetings where public input is being sought, a new plan for development of the Tempe Center was presented to the Tempe City Council Thursday.

Stadium race down to Mesa
The Gila River Indian Community dropped its bid Thursday for the Cardinals stadium, making a Mesa site the clear favorite.

East uses $4.5 million grant to help K-12 students, teachers
The American Indian Programs at ASU East recently received a $4.5 million grant to help prepare K-12 students with the skills to enter college.

'Blade II': Sequel to vampire thrasher bites
Blade II is sort of a difficult movie to review. On the one hand, it's really not very good. On the other hand, as an example of the popular horror/vampire/slasher/action/ zombie genre, it's better than a lot of its contemporaries.

Tale of boy and alien still tear-jerking
It's been a good week for rekindling my old romance with Steven Spielberg. I caught his Raiders of the Lost Ark on the tube the other night and was stirringly reminded of that film's greatness. Just a few days later I saw E.T. (a new edition of the film, in theaters Friday) for the first time in 10 years and I am in awe all over again of the director's great creative powers.

Defend yourself
It takes only seconds to become a target. A soon-to-be victim or easy prey for a predator. A flicker of vulnerability means the difference between walking away safely and getting attacked.

Worldly artist helps jailbirds 'keep the faith'
More than a dozen women of various sizes, shapes and ages have formed a semi-circle in a conference room inside ASU's downtown Phoenix facility, stretching their arms, necks and legs with a hint of trepidation in their eyes.

Local band barrels down road to success
The four Tempe natives loaded a charter bus last Friday along with dozens of spiky-haired fans, groupie girls in tight tanks and two budding journalists, Almost Famous style, and headed for their greatest gig to date.

Local radio shows ablaze with budding talent
They may be students by day, but when the sun sets on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday nights, Patrick Sedillo, Jamie Weissman and Josh Rumsey close their textbooks and put their No. 2 pencils away to live the rock-and-roll dreams.

Folds finds new niche with solo act
The morning after I went to Ben Folds' sold out show at the Cajun House last week, my feet hurt, my back ached and I had a bloody nose. Even though I felt like I had been in a street fight, the only thing I could think about was what an amazing show I had seen the night before.

Bus ride and beavers break a small town spirit
It's amazing how 24 hours can change your life. I hopped on a bus to follow local punk band Sixth Year Senior to Los Angeles last weekend (see p. 7), and in the span of two sunrises, I learned what I hated and loved about myself.

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