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Editorial: Communication breakdown hurts elections
One amazing thing about this year's ASASU elections isn't the plethora of candidates; it's the lack of them running for the senate. A grand total of 16 candidates are running for 27 open undergraduate senate seats.

'PETA' gets easy media attention for wrong reasons
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals brought its latest anti-meat campaign to campus and was able to parlay just another Hayden Lawn demonstration into a confrontation fit for the evening news.

Hypocritical human shields lose credibility in Middle East
Dozens of activists drove from London to Baghdad to serve as human shields for one of history's most murderous and despicable tyrants. These people traveled to a country that most are trying to escape.

SPECIAL REPORTS
Spring Break Special: Great places to go in Arizona
The State Press editorial board searched far and wide in the great state of Arizona for interesting locations to visit for spring break, whether you are low on cash or have slacked off with your vacation plans.

Spring Break Fantasies: The tree that took a girl's virginity
My ultimate fantasy for a spring break probably wouldn't be exactly what you would expect from a wild party animal like myself. If I had $500 and a vehicle, I would go over to Tip Top nursery and buy myself a tree.

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
Honors college students serve South Phoenix community
South Ranch II resides in the middle of run-down houses and crime in South Phoenix much like a mirage in a desert, only it's not imaginary. It has something no other housing community in Arizona does: the Stardust House.



One of the center's affiliates is ASU's Barrett Honors College, whose students volunteer there twice a week to teach and mentor the community's children.




Reality TV Roundup: 'Survivor' loses oomph with drugs, Probst
This week begins the premiere of the new FOX reality show "Married By America," where five single men and women are letting America voters pick a fiancé for them.

'Simpsons' kills with focus on Flanders and Tomei
Sunday's episode of The Simpsons, "A Star is Born-Again," succeeds as every episode does in entertaining its audience. It definitely brings on the laughs when guest star Marisa Tomei becomes romantically involved with Ned Flanders.

SPORTS
Devil Dish: Hybrid brainiac/ NASCAR fans get own sport
There is now a new sport for the poor kids who didn't make it past first cuts for the high school basketball team. Millions tune in and watch every week, to watch robotic warriors like Death Star and Toro duke it out.

Hump Day Hoopla: Ephedrine and sports don't mix
This ephedrine situation scares me. In the past nine years, numerous athletes have suddenly died while taking the over-the-counter supplement. The problem isn't solely the drug, but rather its misuse.

ASU fan base growing
Slowly but surely, fans of the ASU men's basketball team are starting to notice that this year's Sun Devil squad is the best it has been in nearly 10 years. In 13 home games, average attendance has been up by 1,000.

W Hoops: Get to 'Noe' a star taking ASU to next level
Many ASU athletes have enjoyed breakout seasons this year. But perhaps no athlete is having the impact on and off the field for their program that shooting guard Jill Noe is having for women's basketball.

Wrestling: ASU downs Boise State, wins Pac-10 crown
The 2003 Pac-10 championships proved to be a successful event for the No. 14 Sun Devils, who won their 14th conference championship Monday at Boise State. That very team took the title from ASU one year ago.

Gymnast wins weekly honor
The Pac-10 gymnast of the week award belongs to record-setting freshman Ashley Kelly. She set career highs last weekend at the UNO's classic and head coach John Spini sees her as a major asset to the team.

CAMPUS NEWS
Police Beat: Women barricade themselves inside house
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including two transient women arrested Monday on charges of trespassing and criminal damage for allegedly breaking into a vacant house and hiding inside a closet.

Student released on bail after vandalizing PETA exhibit
An ASU student was released from Madison Street Jail on $700 bail Monday after he allegedly ripped apart an on-campus exhibit that compared animals in slaughterhouses to Holocaust victims.

Slim pickings for senate race
The 2003 student senate election race is not a race at all for most of ASU's academic colleges.



Exactly 27 undergraduate seats are open in the senate, but only 16 candidates are running for office.

Online ASASU voting resumes
Student government elections began Tuesday after the resolution of a crippling server malfunction that delayed their start by one day. ASU's server was back online Monday.

ASU joins in national protest
ASU is one of more than 300 campuses that will synchronize protests today against the impending war in Iraq.



At noon, a small group of students plan to gather in front of the Memorial Union to demonstrate.




ENTERTAINMENT
Teenage comic holds title as 'Funniest man' in Valley
Unfortunately, most of his friends can't watch him perform at local clubs. Mike Colucci, who will turn 17 on April 30, wouldn't be able to get into many places either, if he wasn't one of the best up-and-coming comics.

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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