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Faith in NASA goes up in smoke after shuttle tragedy
NASA and the government owe the American people, whose money is being wasted, an explanation why launches are important enough to risk the lives of the best and brightest individuals around the globe.

Tuition increase won't fill underfunded ASU's pockets
With a tuition raise pending, ASU students might be well advised to accept their fate and begin looking for ways to ensure that the student body gets its money's worth out of the proposed $1,000 increase.

Standardized tests become Arizona version of 'snow days'
Standardized testing days have become our desert's equivalent of a foot of snow for school children, as more and more of them are exercising their choice to "opt out" of these tests.

Editorial: Lowering ticket prices can't fix football apathy
Sun Devil football, which is coming off its most successful season since "the Snake" was here, is cutting prices? Something is amiss. Most students aren't going because of a lack of interest, not money.

Americans take monetary advantage of Columbia tragedy
Some people reached a new ethical low last week when they illegally sold off pieces of the Space Shuttle Columbia wreckage with complete disregard of those in mourning.

Mouthing Off: Mexican immigrants deserve fair chance
Common sense and an open mind will tell you that giving Mexicans a better chance to come to America legally will improve racist sentiments felt by both cultures, and certainly decrease the fear and difficulty illegal immigrants face in America.

'Web Devil' Letters: Illegal Mexicans are 'scum'
It's not my job to feed Carlos's 6 kids because he doesn't want to apply for a Green Card. I know many Mexican families that came here legally who find this hufe insurgance of illegals disgusting and irritating.

Postcards from Spain: ASU student survives bus trauma
While studying abroad in Alicante, Spain, sophomore Ben Petell found himself in a bit of a bind. His arm got caught in a bus door, while he was on the outside of it. Read the story to find out what happened next.

New reality shows put ordinary people in unreal situations
'Reality' is becoming a term for unscripted television pitting ordinary, though usually beautiful people, against outrageous situations in a shiny, made-for-TV package as reality shows take over the tube.

Devil Dish: Colts kicker's criticisms right on target
Why did Mike Vanderjagt call out his team's coach and quarterback? Lost in all the controversy of a kicker criticizing the two most important men on his team is the fact that he hit the nail on the head.

Tennis gets first loss of 2003
The ASU men's tennis team experienced its first loss of the season as it took fourth in a quad meet against Washington, Pepperdine and host Texas Christian University.

Hockey crumbles vs. Cats
Struggling through a late-season slump, the ASU Ice Devils hockey club dropped two games to the University of Arizona Ice Cats on Friday and Saturday. A slew of ASU penalties gave UA too many opportunities.

Softball dealing with injuries
While a 3-0 sweep of Texas-San Antonio sounds like a successful start for the ASU softball team, freshman pitcher Ashley Werschky suffered a knee injury and senior outfielder Jennifer Forner suffered a concussion.

Opinion: Pit US all-stars vs. world to increase ratings
Beginning with the 2004 all-star game, the NBA should mimic an experiment the NHL tried five years ago, creating an all-star game that would pit American players against the world's best.

ASU water polo starts fast
The ASU water polo team marched through the ASU Invitational over the weekend with two wins over UC Santa Cruz and a victory over Pacific University, the program's first win over a ranked opponent.

Athletics starts to dig out of debt
After several years in the red, the ASU Athletic Department is finally turning around financially, slowly eking its way out of a debt that reached depths of $3.3 million in 2001.

The department managed to cut the deficit down to $2.3 million last year, expecting it to be further reduced to $1.1 million by July and completely erased by July 2004, according to Athletic Director Gene Smith.

Police Beat: Transient man throws food at students
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a transient man arrested on the charges of trespassing and littering. The man allegedly sat under a no trespassing sign, throwing food at students.

Socially conscious investing grows
Green investing puts stock in the market and in humanity, according to the proponents of investing who spoke at the annual Financial Fitness Fair in the Memorial Union on Monday.

The Scottsdale-based company, which identifies companies that exercise social responsibility, has only been in business about 18 months, and Monday marked the first time representatives have visited ASU.

Tuition increase one step closer
The presidents from all three Arizona universities recommended Monday to increase tuition nearly 40 percent - the largest hike in state history.

In the past, tuition has been set by the Arizona Board of Regents and applied uniformly to each. The presidents are now requesting that tuition be adjusted to the needs of their individual institutions.

Reality TV Roundup: Joe Millionaire gets dirty in hot tub
Another eventful week in reality television, from the awfulness of the "talent" on American Idol 2 to the hilarious revelation of one of the Joe Millionaire contestants' previous life - perhaps the worst shows on TV.

'Strong Arm' episode shows 'The Simpsons' at its best
One of the longest running comedy shows ever, The Simpsons still makes new episodes. Web Devil entertainment writer Josh Spiegel evaluates the latest offering.

Sending out a signal
Like the late, great Bob Ross, the instructional painter famous for his "happy little trees" on PBS - Dusty Hickman, AKA Pickster One, doesn't merely verbalize how Morse Code molds its hip-hop creation out of 33-inch vinyl. Like Ross did for decades, Hickman demonstrates with utter delight how the hills become mountains, or rather, how the scratch becomes symphony.

By all rights, you'd think the Plain White T's, Chicago's newest addition to the national poppy punk world, would be a little discouraged. Melancholic, even. But they are working to play off the fact that a key member quit.

Quenching the artistic thirst
In the 1999 documentary film Water Stories, by Finnish visual artist Harri Larjosto, water resourcefully summons a host of passionate emotions from the depths of human expression.

Pomp[ous] on parade?
Eight months ago, Tickertape Parade didn't exist. And yet, in only four weeks, the five-piece Phoenix band has already taken the stage with national acts The Ataris and Sugar Cult, toured the West Coast with The Stereo, and recorded their EP, You're Causing a Scene.

'Home' is where the heart is
I'm a very open-minded guy when it comes to watching movies, but I have to confess: the prospect of sitting through a small Korean film about the relationship between a boy and his grandmother did not exactly fill me with anticipation.

Monitoring the Mormons
Every Thursday night, dozens of people from all walks of life gather like anonymous alcoholics at a small house in Mesa with one thing in common: Their faith.

Measuring up
How many times do we have to see a show about an East German refugee who has to cut off his manhood in order to marry an American soldier and cross the border into freedom only to come to Kansas and have his/her rock 'n' roll act stolen from a jilted ex-lover?

SPM: Bollywood Burlesque
If you want to be famous, you have to come to America. Once you reach our shores, people will throw movie scripts at you left and right and hand you the keys to a new Mercedes. Ramu Gupti, the lead character in the new movie, The Guru, heard all of these tales during his childhood in India.

Road Kill
Motorcycles, four wheelers, chicks, money, the California sun, bar fights, Kid Rock and black guys... Really, what more do you need? Well if you're referring to the new film Biker Boyz, you still need a plot with just bit more substance.

'Ira'sistable beats
Ira Henderson spends his days perfecting a less traditional form of artistic expression. For Henderson, art doesn't end with Mozart, ballet shoes or clarinet reeds. The two years of practice and money spent on needles and records were not dedicated to just a hobby.

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