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OPINIONS
Santa's death speaks volumes
Yes, ladies and germs, I'm sorry to have to report that the age of innocence is over. The Guru of Gifts, the Prince of Pretty Packages, the Sultan of Stocking-Stuffers, the Nabob of the North Pole is no more. Tattoo his red nose and call him Stone Cold Steve Claus.

Let Muslims speak for themselves
It is mind boggling to me, as an American Muslim, how self-proclaimed pundits are making statements about my religion without any formal education about Islam. They make statements that are either outrageously wrong or that are meant to derogate my religion because of political views or negative stereotypes.

State Press Editorial: Three cheers for beer at the Fiesta Bowl
To paraphrase the great Lloyd Christmas, we're talkin' about a place where the beer flows like wine ... where the women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. We're talkin' about Tempe.

Letters to the Editor
Our readers vent about parking, McDonald's and obesity, and The State Press' budget responsibilities.

Mall Rants: Holiday Shopping
ASU locals rant about holiday shopping.

Political Cartoon: 9/11 Commission
Cartoonist John West's take on Henry Kissinger and the 9/11 commission.

SPORTS
Born and bred to be a Sun Devil
His teammates say his rocket launcher of an arm charges their offense. Statisticians trumpet the numerous records he's shattered. His coach says his personality and leadership make the troops believe.



If there is one player who epitomizes the courageous ASU football team that has surprised the nation this year, it is sophomore quarterback Andrew Walter.

ASU, Utah square off for second time in 11 days
The ASU men's basketball team has already beaten Utah once this season, but a second win against the Utes will have to come in a hostile arena against a team out for revenge. The Sun Devils pulled out an 83-79 overtime victory against Utah last week at the Maui Invitational.

Wrestlers dominate in home, Pac-10 debut
In their 2002-03 home debut, the No. 10 Sun Devil wrestling team barely broke a sweat hosting Portland State at Wells Fargo Arena. Right after their 36-9 dual win over the Vikings, head coach Thom Ortiz and the rest of the team boarded a flight to Las Vegas to compete in the Las Vegas Invitational.

ASU swimming and diving to gauge progress at Texas
ASU head swimming coach Michael Chasson identified one meet as the ruler to measure his team's progress through the fall of 2002 and now that meet has arrived. The Texas Invitational will feature the strongest field of competition in a pre-NCAA meet that ASU has seen so far this year.

Women's hoops hosts early-season tournament
ASU women's basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne said her team will be fighting two battles when they take the court at the Astrazeneca Hoops for the Cure Classic this Saturday.

CAMPUS NEWS
East looks to create student government
Enrollment soaring over the past four years has inspired demand for a student government at ASU East. The 7-year-old campus has never had a central organization governing the student body, and now with 3,126 students, the need is higher than ever.

Parking decal costs to increase
For the first time in five years, ASU Parking and Transit will be increasing the price of parking decals. The change will take place over the next three years, increasing at the beginning of each academic year in varying amounts depending on the lot or structure.

ASU program helps Hispanic mothers, daughters
Established in 1984, the ASU sponsored Hispanic Mother Daughter Program mentors first-generation female Hispanic students through the high school and college levels of education.

Arizona helps find cure for cancer
Arizona may find the cure for cancer while working on biomedical research at the Translational Genomics Research Institute, which will be located in Phoenix, said the president of T-Gen on Thursday.

Police Beat: Alcohol theft galore
A 29-year-old transient and a 47-year-old Mesa man both decided they didn't want to pay for their alcohol.

ENTERTAINMENT
Dance company teams up with Toys for Tots
In an effort to support the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program, the Phoenix dance company Ballet and Friends are exchanging a ticket to "The Nutcracker" for the donation of a new, unwrapped toy.

Talents of ASU on display at festival
"Exploration of the Arts," a two-hour free, public event will gather together music, theater, dance, creative writing and visual arts and media to express their artistic creativity as a whole.

Make it a double
The new movie Adaptation comes from the convoluted minds of director Spike Jonze and writer Charlie Kaufman, the same team that gave the world the wonderfully eccentric Being John Malkovich.

Flute loops
Like many music performance majors, flautist senior Amy Tatum is concerned about finding a job after graduation. She's been playing the flute more than a decade, learning new styles and techniques and experiencing new styles of music, including some of the pieces that she will perform with the New Music Ensemble tonight at Katzin Recital Hall.

Life After Death
Nikki Levato never thought she'd find herself rooting for a car accident on Christmas Day. But in December 1996, as her father lay dying in a hospital bed, someone else's tragedy was her only glimmer of hope.

The fabulously gay duo
Herberger College's student production group will end the fall season with a bang this year, spreading gay and lesbian holiday cheer across the campus with their production of Paul Rudnik's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told.

The brains behind hip-hop
Inspiration has no origin. This is true for any art form, including hip-hop. For GZA, the New York City rapper, the inspiration for his first album, Liquid Swords, came from a Shogun movie of the same title. The album had songs about lyrical swordplay, and a child from the Shogun movie introduced the tracks.

Spreading the Logik
A colorful array of fireworks burst into the night sky, causing car alarms to blare loudly in the parking lot of the Bash on Ash Saturday. It's mayhem. It's madness. And it's all due to holiday festivities taking place in downtown Tempe.

The Raw Deahl: A festive farewell
My reign as magazine editor ends with this issue, and I know my fan base will be heartbroken. But please, Mom, get a hold of yourself. It had to end sometime. So rather than gush about my time here, I'd like to give my writers a chance to ramble.

Tori-teller
On the cover of her last album, Strange Little Girls, Tori Amos is portrayed differently in four different squares. She's an elegant chanteuse in one square, a sheik fashion maven in another, demure peacenik in a third, and an edgy provocateur in the last.

Towering talent
If you're harboring any fears that The Two Towers, the second film in director Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy, will not equal the visionary grandeur of the first film, you may now officially sigh with relief.

Crashing Christmas
Jeff Falk, not to be confused with the other four-letter word that starts with F, is the co-founder and perennial emcee of the 17th annual Bad X-Mas Pageant, an evening dedicated to making a mockery out of Christmas and other winter traditions.

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