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War on Iraq has no zest
Last weekend several thousand people gathered in Washington, D.C., all making their voices clear: We do not want to rush into another war. Why protest? Because this whole war thing is just not entertaining anymore.

Newspapers ought to be criticizing conservatives
There are issues that need to be addressed, and catering to those who don't really care about news is not what newspapers should be doing. Criticizing conservatives ... that's what they ought to be doing.

Letters to the Editor: Roe, war, affirmative action reactions
The letters received about past columns, including a note from a reader who appreciates the distinctions between abortion groups' labels, a Henry David Thoreau-inspired response to Samantha Xanthos's call to war, and a criticism of Shanna Bowman's column about affirmative action.

Editorial: Selective admissions not fooling anybody
"Looks like heaven is easier to get into than Arizona State." --Ned Flanders, as he responded to seeing Homer rowing a boat during what he took to be the great flood. To you, we have one word to say: touché.

Comic store provides escape from sluggish economy
Atomic Comics, like other entertainment-based stores, has seen sales increases from people seeking comfort from the economy. And the depth and variety of the comics, driven by intercultural exchange, is growing.

'Office Space' parody among top Super Bowl commercials
With each Super Bowl, there are a slew of new commercials, most of them funny enough to make you wet yourself. Check out this list of the top five Super Bowl commericials of 2003.

Phoenix Open boasts socializing, excessive drinking
Beautiful weather and beautiful people was the theme for this year's Phoenix Open. The Open, held Jan. 20-26 at the Tournament Players Club (TPC) in Scottsdale turned into more of a social event than a golf tournament.

Tennis starts season with perfect records
ASU tennis has untarnished records of 1-0 for the men and 2-0 for the women after their first meets of the season. The women's tennis team kicked off the season with 2-0 record while the men overtook Santa Clara University 6-1 on Sunday.

Buccaneers slam Raiders
It was a game that matched up the league's top offense in Oakland versus the league's top defense in Tampa Bay. It was hardly a surprise the Tampa Bay defense came out on top. But the way they did it, though, was startling.

ASU sweeps SDSU
The eighth-ranked Sun Devils (9-0) swept a three-game series from the Aztecs over the weekend in front of a combined crowd of 10,043, ruining Gwynn's shot to win his first game as a head coach.

Pair of successful women's coaches receive raises
Head softball coach Linda Wells and head women's golf coach Melissa McNamara were each given contracts through June, 2005 that include bonuses for Pac-10 championships and coach of the year awards.

Devil Dish: UA trombone poking head adds pain to loss
The Devils kept it close but couldn't beat the 'Cats. It's hard enough to watch ASU lose, but even harder when I can only see half the court while a trombone is poking me in the head.

ASU gymnasts edge Utes
The ASU gymnastics team is now 4-1 after another win at the University of Utah, 197.45-197.15 Friday night. The Sun Devils didn't make many errors, leaving ASU head coach John Spini on a high note.

Swimming squads drop pair of meets over weekend
The Mona Plummer Aquatic Center was the site of a world-class showdown Friday and Saturday as California and Stanford battled the ASU men's and women's swimming and diving teams. The weekend's events included competitors who hold world records, such as California's Natalie Coughlin, and competitors that continue to break their own records, such as ASU sophomore Trisha Tumlinson.

Wrestlers dominate Cal Poly
The No. 9 Sun Devils cruised through their third conference dual meet on Friday, embarrassing Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 32-9, at Wells Fargo Arena and keeping the Sun Devils undefeated against Pac-10 opponents.

ASU scientists ease pain of lethal illnesses with vaccine
ASU scientists have created an affordable vaccine for one of the most lethal illnesses threatening poverty-stricken countries. The new vaccine will cost significantly less than the current vaccination.

Police Beat: USPS truck goes postal on ASU mail van
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a U.S. Postal Service freight truck that reportedly backed into an ASU Mail Services Department van and caused an estimated $1,600 worth of damage.

ASASU launches survey about future tuition funds
In response to a proposed 44 percent tuition hike by the Arizona Board of Regents, the Associated Students of ASU released a tuition survey on Tuesday and will launch a series of tuition forums on Wednesday on the second floor of the Memorial Union.

Petition to amend smoking ban questioned
While Tempe officials are trying to enforce the smoking ban, many area business owners are rallying to amend it. But a test by the the City Clerk's office found that 38.9 percent of the signatures in a sample of the amendment petition were invalid, and supporters of the ban are filing a lawsuit against the county.

Undercover task force nabs smokers
Earlier this month, an undercover Tempe police team spent seven days scouting for illegal smokers in order to determine the effectiveness of the city's eight-month-old smoking ban.

The squad's plain clothes officers dropped into 16 Tempe bars, selected at random, and spent a collective 10 hours observing how well bar workers complied with the ban.

ASU brings in private industry to market ideas, raise funds
With the budget crisis looming, ASU is working to become more independent of state money. Technology transfer, a program that makes professors' ideas or inventions marketable, may be the answer to filling the economic gap.

Admissions may be tightened
ASU President Michael Crow proposed to the Regents on Thursday to automatically admit only those who graduate in the top 40 percent of their graduating class.

The next 10 percent would be subject to increased emphasis on personal assessments -- such as a personal statement, interview or heavy involvement in extracurricular activities.

Reality TV Roundup: 'Joe Millionaire' a schmuck
Web Devil entertainment reporter, Josh Spiegel, summarizes and gives his thoughts on this week's reality TV shows, which include Joe Millionaire, American Idol 2 and The Bachelorette.

Everyman Kimmel entertains on new late night show
Jimmy Kimmel, on his inaugural episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live, managed to make it through the perils of a late-night talk show and is certainly making something new of the talk show format.

SPM: Blockbusters in waiting?
2002 was one of the richest years for movies in nearly a decade. Studios thrilled audiences with visionary blockbusters like Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Minority Report while also serving up smaller, quality fare like Adaptation and The Hours.

SPM: The Tooth Fairy Cometh
The new thriller Darkness Falls has two things going for it: It's mercifully short [less than an hour and a half] and it features the classic line, "Your first kiss shouldn't taste like blood."

Belly flop
I sense the palms of my hands heating up and my heart feels like it's going to pound its way out of my chest. I am nervous for a good reason. I gaze up at the clock, and realize I have 10 minutes left. Ten minutes before I, a 22-year-old male, will take a stab at the historically female art of belly dancing at the five-month-old Domba Studio in Tempe. How?

The Maruma Experience
Music is an extension of the soul, says BJ Stanley and Todd Boston from the local Tempe group Maruma. "Music transcends; music is healing and music is a gift," Boston says, adding that when Maruma creates music, they try to transfer positive messages and moods to their audience. "We want to extend friendship and warmth to our audience."

Pusher Men
Internet addicts, compulsive gamblers and shopaholics [known as oniomanics in the medical community] all face the same emotional withdrawal when they're not high, and now doctors are using prescriptions to cure them.

With the popular antidepressant Prozac losing its patent earlier this month, the medical market will soon be seeing more generic antidepressants to help addicts keep their addictions at bay and millions of physicians are more than willing to dish them out.

SPM: Roach trip
Since the release of Lovehatetragedy, Papa Roach's second album, the band has been around the world and back hoping to build a die-hard fan base.

SPM: To Broadway and back
When Michael Goddard graduated ASU in 1989 with a degree in business, he knew that one day he would come back and visit his alma mater. He also knew that he didn't want to come back for some arbitrary reason. "It's easy to come for Christmas and stay a day or two," he says.

Cry freedom!
I've read Konrad Kail's quote a dozen times in the past hour alone. And my blood is nearing a boil as I visualize the picture he paints of gutless doctors succumbing to slimeball drug salesmen.

Odd man in
It's always tough being the new guy in the band. Especially when you are the only guy in the band. But 22-year-old Peter David Connelly, the latest recruit for the Olympia, Wash.-based punk trio, Bangs, is relishing his experience with band mates Sarah Utter and Maggie Vail.

Sowing the 'Seed'
Andrea Hull, a 52-year-old master of fine arts student, incorporates her desires into her unique sculpture and video, "Seed." Incorporating her knowledge of video production, her own finances, and her creative mind, Hull now creates what she calls "continuously-maintained, 360-degree visual space."

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