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Letters to the Editor: Moody's gay studies letter bombarded
The letters in response to Daniel R. Moody's recent letter to the editor, in which he expressed disfavor toward the new Gay and Lesbian Studies certificate. These are only a sampling of the overwhelming response.

Stopping internet child pornography: priceless
If you have been disillusioned by the corporate scandals of the past year, I have a ray of hope for you. Visa and MasterCard, epitomes of the large corporation, are major players in the fight to stop child porn.

Editorial: Mister Rogers hangs up his sweater for good
Fred Rogers wanted just one thing from us, and it never cost our parents a penny: Friendship. When he walked through the front door of his TV-studio home, smiling warmly from ear to ear, we smiled back.

Jesica faced death in Mexico, treatment across border
While most people will remember Jesica Santillan's case because of the doctors' tragic mix-up, the case reminds us of the health care crisis in Mexico and of the difficulties with the United States' border policies.

Mouthing Off: Conquering vaginas and fearing cunts
Vagina is not a word spoken in polite conversation. It's a dirty word. One does not overhear conversations focused on vaginas. One does not usually care to engage in a conversation in which their own vagina is discussed. It is simply not done. Until recently...

SPECIAL REPORTS
Risky behavior not policed in ASU football recruiting
College recruiting groups such as ASU's Sun Devil Recruiters are being condemned by critics and college football administrators who say the groups are sexist, potentially dangerous and almost certain to bring embarrassment to the universities that sponsor them.

WEB EXTRA
ASU CARES harvests fruit to help the homeless
Volunteers for the community service organization ASU CARES will harvest oranges and grapefruits in Arcadia District's Citrus Gleaning Olympics Saturday in order to feed the Valley's homeless.

Sun Devil Stars awarded for positive contributions
ASU's Office of Student Development and the ASU Leadership Development Team recognized students who have served in less conspicuous leadership roles within the community Wednesday night.

Pita Pit brings quick, tasty Mediterranean food to ASU
If eating healthy on campus has you deep in the pit of despair, a new Greek-style fast food establishment near ASU may have just what you need. Pita Pit's first Arizona location opened 11 a.m. Monday.

Municipalities plan to tally area homeless population
A Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) homelessness committee released a plan at a meeting Feb. 14 to end homelessness. Tempe is for the first time beginning to embrace increasing social services.

Club Sports: Men's soccer priming for Fall success
Although the ASU men's soccer club doesn't start their game schedule until the fall, they are busying themselves in preparation for it right now by playing in the eight-team premier division of the Scottsdale United Adult Soccer League.

Dance classes bring out children's skills, personality
Moving Inventors is a new approach to teaching dance to children. They are classes designed for children to express themselves creatively through kinesthetic expressions of integrated dance themes.

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.

SPORTS
W Hoops: Stanford a challenge at regular season's end
On Saturday, a regular season of valuable experience - as well as some sharp growing pains - will come to an end for the women's basketball team when they face No. 9 Stanford, the top team in the conference.

Softball: Mother Nature proves Sun Devils' toughest foe
The Devils had three of their six games rained out at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. The team returned home to have a pair of practices canceled this week while their mini-tournament this weekend is in jeopardy.

Gymnastics: ASU gets home advantage in UNO's classic
The ASU gymnastics team moved up two places in the rankings to No. 4 in the nation and plans to keep moving up and make the most of their home advantage tonight while hosting the UNO's Classic.

Wrestling: Larkin, ASU seek Pac-10 championship titles
The No. 15 Sun Devils will be taking talent and tradition with them when they head to the campus of Boise State University this weekend to compete for their 16th conference title in the Pac-10 Championships.

Baseball: ASU hopes to close in on best start ever
After having two series canceled due to poor weather, rain in Tempe was the last thing Penn State had hoped for. Fortunately, the weekend forecast looks good as the Nittany Lions face the red-hot Sun Devils.

Devil Dish: MLB should protect major leaguers too
Recently Major League Baseball agreed to ban the use of the drug Ephedra by minor-league players. There has been a senseless death from the drug, but owners only see fit to protect minor-leaguers.

Sports Briefs: Downpour puts women's tennis on hold
A quick look at what's going on in various Sun Devil sports, including an update on the cancellation of a women's tennis match with the UA Wildcats due to rain. The team will next face the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal.

W Hoops: Noe, Sun Devils back on track vs. California
The ASU women's basketball team had been making a nasty habit of not finishing what it started. During a 61-47 victory over California on Thursday, the Sun Devils cured themselves of their ills.

Hoops: ASU falls at Stanford
Stanford continued its dominance of the ASU men's basketball team Thursday night, beating the Sun Devils 88-77 and marking the 11th-straight time that ASU has failed to beat the Cardinal.

CAMPUS NEWS
ASU wins at Model U.N. conference
Two ASU students took on a mock United Nations and came out on top. The pair won an Honorable Delegate award at a Model U.N. conference in Boston this month.



Political science senior Ajinkya Tulpule and justice studies junior Amanda Durham represented the Republic of Cyprus in a Harvard-hosted, pseudo-U.N. conference.


Police Beat: Gas thief declares he's 'pumping all of it'
The letters in response to recent columns, including a 20-year-old Chandler man arrested on the charge of theft for allegedly paying $2.90 for $15 worth of gas. He allegedly told a clerk, "I'm pumping all of it."

Carey wants future leaders
ASU business school namesake Wm. Polk Carey downplayed the importance of national rankings during a brief address to the Arizona Economic Club of Phoenix.



"They're fun to look at, and we'll certainly try to address those," Carey said. "But the main thing is to be able to educate tomorrow's leaders, whether the statistics show that or not."

Grading plan prompts protest
ASASU President Mike Leingang met with ASU President Michael Crow to express the concerns of some students who felt they had been led to believe the plus/minus proposal would not pass.



Students like Cledwyn Jones, vice president of the Barrett Honors College Council, were prompted to organize a rally against the bill Thursday.


Students demand lower tuition increase
The students who spoke at a Thursday night tuition hearing came from different backgrounds and financial situations, but their messages were the same: "Don't forget the students" and "Where is the money going?"



ENTERTAINMENT
World Fest celebrates cultural diversity, good eats under tent
The aroma of food blended with an array of language and culture Thursday as almost 30 student organizations represented different cultural backgrounds at the 15th annual World Festival.

'Cabaret' to show ASU audiences 'life is beautiful'
"Cabaret" is the musical story of American writer Cliff Bradshaw, played by Ryan Cutlip, who travels to Berlin and falls in love with struggling nightclub performer Sally Bowles, played by Amy Downing.

Turkish students feel torn over U.S. deal at film reception
The Turkish Student Association kicked off a four-day film festival with a reception, where Turkish students gathered to celebrate their country during tense times and discuss the deal offered by their host country.

SPM: DJ Smash's 'Phonography 2'
Seedy ReviewsHot on the heels of Norah Jones' eight Grammy Awards, Blue Note Records blesses the world with another body of work from one of its groundbreaking artists, DJ Smash's Phonography 2. Smash has worked with Blue Note since the early 1990s.

Lisa Germano's 'Lullaby for a Liquid Pig'
Seedy ReviewsLisa Germano delivers a lullaby fit for people and perhaps even liquid pigs. Her ninth album, Lullaby for a Liquid Pig, which is scheduled to be released in April, blesses the listener with 36 minutes of deep, emotional exploration.

The Art of Science
What do 125 volts surging through a fresh pickle have in common with the 1980s/early-'90s alternative rock group, The Pixies? For David Lovering, the pickle and the band have more in common than one would think.

Peace and quiet
Bobcat Goldthwait was once a rebellious, obnoxious young comedian on top of the world, willing to do anything for attention. Today, at 40, he's past the point in his life when it was cool to rappel nude down the side of a coliseum and dress up as Madonna for awards shows.

SPM: Jumpin' Jax
Mill Avenue dwellers eagerly peek through the dark-tinted windows, trying to get a glimpse of what's going on inside. It's 11 o'clock and a petite blonde swings upside down on a trapeze bar, dressed in a black, skin-tight, two-piece outfit.

SPM: Six feet under
Director Andrzej Bartkowiak and his usual cast return to the big screen in Cradle 2 the Grave, the third film from the cinematographer turned filmmaker. His previous films were Romeo Must Die with Jet Li and DMX, and Exit Wounds with DMX and Steven Segal.

Mass appeal
Local hard rock band Opiate for the Masses and the Betty Ford clinic have two things in common: They both cater to "all walks of life" and continuously deal with people heavily addicted to drugs and alcohol.

Re'constructing' an art scene
Jennifer Kiraly acknowledges that over the past couple of decades she has seen the Phoenix art scene evolve from the mecca of cliché Southwest artwork to the vibrant contemporary art scene of today.

Outspoken's 'Bitter Shovel'
Seedy ReviewsAh, the good ol' salad days of grunge rock. How I missed them. Now you, too, can play that smooth Seattle sound in your very own band and all it'll cost you is the low, low price of your SOUL.

50 Cent's 'Live Rich or Die Tryin''
Seedy ReviewsWhat were Dr. Dre and Eminem thinking when they helped produced 50 Cent's Live Rich or Die Tryin'? The album, which is sitting atop the Billboard charts for a third straight week, doesn't deserve half the credit it's getting.

SPM: Ani DiFranco's 'Evolve'
Seedy ReviewsIn the live, double-CD that chronicles two years on tour and the musings of several-thousand of her concert-going fans, Ani Difranco shows that she's just as engaging in her studio work as she is onstage.

Singing soprano
So, it's Friday night. The directors and singers of the opera "Xerxes" are hoping that a fresh, funny, and updated version of the 18th-century opera "Xerxes" will have you re-thinking what you think you know.

Afterschool Special
@ASUYoung musicians sit in a somewhat-straight line in a place where Phoenix's ancestors were baptized, married, and received communion. This congregation is more interested in the gospel according to Mozart.

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