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Mayor Giuliano's book just a guise for self-praise
Our very own Tempe Mayor Neil Giuliano has decided to write a book about his "political career." What political career!? Honestly, how many councilmen-to-mayor autobiographies are topping the best-seller lists?

Take your dollar back from defunct ASA highway robbers
What if a person took a dollar from your pocket? Would you call that person a thief? The Arizona Students' Association collects $1 from each student every semester, receiving a huge budget without lifting a finger.

Journalists pull out color swatches, skip over real news
There are things happening in this country and around the world, and there is plenty of news to analyze. But coverage of what color the current "terrorist thermometer" reads has replaced the real news.

Letters to the Editor: Police have concerns besides bandit
The letters in response to recent columns, including a letter from a reader who wrote that an editorial criticizing the Tempe police's inability to catch a "small-time" robber was too harsh on the "boys in blue."

Editorial: Housing plan a bad omen for fraternities' future
Fraternities were supposed to have on-campus houses to help foster male bonding. But after years of run-down houses, porn scandals and other behavioral problems, ASU President Michael Crow is taking action.

Mall Rants: Same-sex marriages
ASU students rant about their feelings about same-sex marriages.

ASU professor applies theories to life, entertains students
Stephen Happel would never waste his time standing in a long line to buy tickets to a baseball game. That, he would insist, is a waste of opportunity costs, especially when there are scalpers just waiting to sell their extra tickets.

Postcards from Spain: Life shockingly different abroad
So far this semester, I have been in Spanish classes with students from countries including Germany, Iceland, Norway, Scotland and Sweden. The people I was used to seeing on a daily basis were suddenly e-mail addresses in my inbox.

Controversial professor believes he is being forced out
A popular ASU sociology professor, asked by his department to publish six scholarly papers within the next year-and-a-half, believes unreal expectations have been set for him in an effort to force him out.

Regatta attracts more than 400 rowers to Tempe Town Lake
That sound of rowing was rampant this weekend at Tempe Town Lake, where more than 400 rowers from Arizona, San Diego, Dallas and other areas competed in Desert Springs - a rowing regatta hosted by the Rio Salado Rowing Club and the City of Tempe.

Softball: ASU freshman pitcher Serrano earns Pac-10 award
Four wins, a 0.31 ERA, 26 strikeouts and a no-hitter. An impressive weekend of work for any pitcher, and a performance that earned ASU freshman Desiree Serrano the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week award.

Record-setting Germaine named Gymnast of the Week
For all of her hard work in Sunday's meet against UCLA, and the setting of new personal and team records, ASU junior gymnast Maggie Germaine was awarded Pac-10 Gymnast of the Week for February 9-15.

Hoops: Devils look to veer from same path of 1999-00 squad
If some of the seniors on the ASU men's basketball team think hard enough, this season might remind them of their first year as Sun Devils. Fast forward to this season, with ASU heading into a key game vs. UA.

Devil Dish: ASU gymnastics poised to go all the way
ASU gymnastics deserves some recognition. The Sun Devils have been phenomenal, kicking off their season by reaching the third highest team score of all time in their second meet in their 2003 campaign.

Hump Day Hoopla: Moral victories gone at college level
How you play the game translates into sportsmanship and effort, but sooner or later winning does become more important. Someone needs to tell this to ASU gymnastics coach John Spini after his team fell to UCLA.

UA Ticket Contest
Enter to win tickets to the sold out ASU/UA basketball game.

Police Beat: Man arrested for breaking plastic lawn chairs
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a 27-year-old Tempe man arrested Monday on the charge of criminal damage. The man allegedly broke two plastic lawn chairs.

Reseacher's test links stress with heart disease, diabetes
ASU researcher Kathleen Matt has found that stress often contributes to life-threatening illness, but worrying about it won't do any good. She designed a scientific method for studying stress' effect on the body.

State Legislature proposes bills that impact ASU
A summary of bills and legislators' contact information. With a large class of freshman legislators in the House and Senate, a flurry of bills have already been proposed, many of which could affect ASU if passed.

ASU student strangled abroad
British authorities are currently investigating the strangling death of Alyson Ilene Kaplan, a former ASU student vacationing in England.

Police believe a man took Kaplan to a hotel in London and ultimately robbed and strangled her to death.

Tempe shooting suspect shot himself before crashing car
Authorities reportedly discovered self-inflicted gunshot wounds on the body of a Phoenix man who purportedly fled from police Sunday evening. He was suspected of shooting his estranged wife's boyfriend.

ASASU rejects code of conduct
ASASU's University Affairs Committee rejected a resolution that would support a new stipulation to the Student Code of Conduct on Tuesday because it had "qualms with the bill."

An incident with former ASASU Executive Vice President Brian Buck last year prompted the code to be revised in the first place.

Changing Directions: Tuition increase won't reach ASU
ASU will not profit from the proposed $1,000 tuition increase being considered by the Arizona Board of Regents. Promises of increased financial aid and budget cuts mean little of the $35.6 million will be left.

Reslife disowns frat housing
An experimental new housing project has caused confusion among the students it will affect.

The University's Greek system will be partially transformed when the "old row" fraternities will be moved from their private houses to a new communal housing project.

300th and 301st episodes of 'Simpsons' don't disappoint
"The Simpsons" aired its 300th and 301st episodes Sunday night. "Barting Over" and "I'm Spelling As Fast As I Can" lived up to "Simpsons" reputation with priceless humor.

Laughable lovers
Calling all rejects! In case you haven't noticed, Valentine's Day is Friday. But do not fret, this may be the year when you break the cycle of lonely Valentine's Days past, spent home alone crying aloud to the Lifetime Channel.

Innocence lost, honesty found
It was just a little more than 365 days ago. This month, last year. The air was brisk, as it is now once the sun fades from our sight. I was nervous and vulnerable. I had no idea what to expect as I approached the steps of the unassuming house in central Phoenix.

Playing God
We live each day with the presumption that nothing can hurt us because we are inherently good. But according to "J.B.," a 1959 Pulitzer Prize-winning play that will be coming to ASU next week, we are all fools.

In the name of 'Love'
The mile-high town of 50 views and 450 people is used to travelers passing through. After living through four fires and a depression, the people of Jerome, Ariz. don't expect many visitors, or much from them when they do come.

Texans tell all
Despite their precarious reputations, Texans can sure tell good stories. Kevin Russell, the guitarist/ mandolin player/singer for the Austin-based rock group, The Gourds, is no exception.

Big steps on the big screen
Amy Ettinger, the director and founder of the Outfar! Phoenix International Lesbian and Gay Festival, has been offering an alternative to the Valentine's Day movie doldrums for the past seven years. Each year, the festival showcases several movies from around the world that feature characters, themes and issues from the gay and lesbian community.

Not so Daring
Daredevil, the new movie based on the Marvel Comics superhero, is just about as good as most of the other recent movies based on comic-book heroes. Which is to say that it is derivative, unoriginal, and mostly unengaging on the human-interest level.

Bound and Determined
As Kim Moody begins to explain the House's 20-year history of the "Exotic Art Show," he starts to laugh and gestures to the object of his amusement. "Um, the dildo in the window," he says, referring to a piece displayed nearby. It is a metal-constructed banana covering a vibrator, placed high on a pillow so that it stands erect and is noticeable from the outside. "I haven't seen the show up yet," he says chuckling.

On the road to independence
If you want something done right, do it yourself. If you want to make an album the way you want, start your own record label. Which is exactly what Big Head Todd and the Monsters did when they were all at the ripe young age of 25. Fourteen years later, three Colorado natives - Todd Park Mohr [guitar], Brian Nevin [drums and vocals] and Rob Squires [bass and vocals] - who make up the rock band BHTM, have got the record business down pat, but it wasn't always the case.

T 'n 'Anus'
Lloyd Garner is a realist and somewhat of a masochist. The ASU broadcast senior, and graduate of Scottsdale Community College's two-year film program, didn't set out to make Anus Magillicutty - an $800 "skin-flick, action-comedy" - a cinematic masterpiece.

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