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Letters to the Editor: Thelen wrong in comparing Bush to Jackson
The letters in response to recent columns and news, including a letter questioning Ben Thelen's column comparing Michael Jackson's voodoo curses to George Bush's voodoo economics.

Ye olde pirate's way of life under fire from honors college
Although its profits are as high as they have ever been, the entertainment industry had the audacity to ask 2,300 universities to support them in stopping computer piracy. The BHC listened.

Anti-Mexican sentiment used as Bush's bargaining chip
President Bush has openly admitted that if Mexico doesn't go along with his war plans, he'll stoop to "race-baiting" the American Hispanic population. No one should think Bush was insincere in speaking his mind.

Editorial: Web site en español a step in right direction
ASU's administration will soon translate the main web site into Spanish, and we couldn't be more feliz. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, 25 percent of Arizona's population is "Hispanic or of Latino origin."

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.

Hilarious 'Simpsons' setup gag makes for best episode
In what may be the best episode so far in this season of "The Simpsons," the series takes an incredibly funny jump to the past with a starting gimmick that forms the focal point of the show: Homer eats a Fox promo.

Postcards from Spain: Night life couldn't be better
Cinderella probably wouldn't meet a prince if she were given a chance to party in Alicante. When the clock strikes twelve here, people are just going out instead of returning home.

Guedo's Taco Shop finally comes to fruition in Tempe
Prior to Wednesday, only Chandler and Gilbert had access to a local franchise that specializes in the food of interior Mexico. But after two years trying, the Guedo's Taco Shop franchise has popped up in Tempe.

Photo Essay: Bill Pickett Rodeo
Photo essay of the all African-American Bill Pickett Rodeo.

Snotty noses run gauntlet of campus napkins
Campus napkins, or "nasal treasures" for non-hankie-handlers like me, fluctuate so greatly in quality that the difference between napkins from one dining facility to another could mean a raw, clown-nose in just a few wipes.

To help you better choose where to grab substitute Kleenex on campus this season, I've included the following review of ASU dining napkins.

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.

Seniors lead ASU in win over OSU
Saturday's 74-64 win over Oregon State locked up fourth place in the Pac-10 for the ASU men's basketball team and just about clinched a spot in the NCAA tournament.

But for seniors, it was a return to greatness. Now, the Sun Devils are looking to go to the tournament for the first time since 1995.

Opinion: Dodd, Redhage to thank for chance to Dance
While it won't be official until Sunday, the Sun Devils will be dancing at the Big Dance - the annual NCAA tournament. For such an opportunity, ASU and its fans have seniors Kyle Dodd and Shawn Redhage to thank.

M Tennis: California, Stanford too hot for ASU to handle
California and Stanford were simply more than the ASU men's tennis team could handle. After a few wins and some tough defeats, head coach Lou Belken felt that his team was not as strong as they could have been.

Gymnastics: Devils overcome falls, rally to top Broncos
ASU gymnastics had many surprises Friday in a meet filled with ups and downs as they defeated Boise State at home. Momentum was first stalled when junior Amber Giorgianni took a fall on her uneven bars dismount.

Devil Dish: Satan, octupus the start of hockey love affair
Some of my fellow State Press writers have wasted this space in the past by writing about hockey, so I've told them that hockey sucks. But after much research, I think I'm changing my mind.

Baseball: ASU stays hot at home, sweeps weekend
Winning at Packard Stadium has become contagious to the No. 4 ASU baseball team, who are 17-0 at home and improving to 28-1 on the year after sweeping through the Bob Schaefer memorial baseball classic.

W Hoops: ASU's season ends in Pac-10 tournament vs. Cal
It was the biggest game of most of their careers, but the fire that the ASU women's basketball team took to the court likely rattled their nerves as the Sun Devils lost to California in the Pac-10 tourney's first round.

Sports Briefs: Track team earns top honors
A brief look at the outcomes for ASU's Olympic sports, including the track team's season-starting sweeps of the top three places in four events at the Bill Sawyer Invitational meet, where six Sun Devils took top honors.

W Tennis: Cardinal, Golden Bears humble ASU
The ASU women's tennis team was swept by Stanford, 7-0, on Friday and took another hard loss to California 5-2 on Saturday. Right off the bat, Stanford took the doubles point with all three matches.

Police Beat: Breast touching leads to crack bust
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a 40-year-old Mesa woman arrested after allegedly receiving $25 for a man to touch her breast. Officers allegedly found crack cocaine and a pipe in her car.

Police charge laundry robber
Police charge laundry robberTempe police believe they have arrested a man who reportedly broke into a Coinless Laundromat, burglarizing the business and sexually assaulting a female employee.

Aaron Ronald Shreeve, 21, is being held in a Phoenix jail on a $216,000 bond and faces charges of sexual assault, sexual abuse, burglary, robbery and kidnapping.

Runnin' with the Devils
If you've ever been to a sporting event at ASU, you must know them - they're in the front row at nearly every ASU game, from football to softball. They're slathered in maroon and gold body paint, and some even have Sparky tattoos. And now they are getting their due.

They are the ASU superfans, the ones who often outscream the cheerleaders, and the ones who the athletic department relies on to pump up the crowd.

Body found in 59
The dead body of an ASU student was discovered by a groundskeeper early Monday morning inside the southwest gate of Sun Angel Stadium, which is in parking lot 59.

According to Lt. John Sutton of ASU police, the groundskeeper discovered the body of 20-year-old Jeffrey M. Gleason lying below bleachers at the Stadium at about 5:45 a.m. Gleason is a pre-business undergrad.

ASU Web site habla español
ASU administrators are working to translate main pages of the University's Web site into Spanish, so that Hispanics can better understand the University.

Stereomud halfway there with brand-new CD
The self-described 'nu metal' band Stereomud relies on predictable guitar riffs and drum beats for the most part, but thankfully refrains from too much of the passé angry screaming.

'Blush' reveals hardships of aspiring showgirls
The Herberger College of Fine Arts' latest dance piece, "Blush: Memoirs of a Young Showgirl," showcases the dream of young girls who want to become famous dancers, but find the world only cares about looks.

Honing In: 'Freaky thangs' go down with Ludacris
Is it cuz they like his gangsta walk? Or is it cuz they like his gangsta talk? Whatever it is, fans love Ludacris. Amidst clouds of smoke and puddles of liquor, I watched Luda and his Disturbing Tha Peace crew "Rollout."

'Victoria' an underrated look at life's pain, humor
From the moment that Gammage's stage lights revealed an old woman in a wheelchair, dwarfed by sterile-looking hospital curtains swung across the stage, the audience was primed for a unique theatrical experience.

The Kings of Leon's 'High Roller Novocaine'
Seedy ReviewsIn the rare instance when I actually receive some high-quality rock'n'roll sent to the magazine, it's a cause for celebration that no amount of critical analysis can describe.

Holy Roller Novocaine from The Kings of Leon was the cause for such a celebration. When I heard it, I flipped out. I felt like starting a parade or something. These guys are everything that The Strokes, The Hives, The Vines, or any other band with "The" in its title have ever dreamed of sounding like.

Great Big Sea's 'Sea of No Cares'
Seedy ReviewsIf Great Big Sea is the next big wave in feel-good music, I think I'd rather drown.

Sea of No Cares is an accumulation of toe-tappin', sing-along songs for predictable romantic-comedy soundtracks and Irish-style ditties.

Ice Cube's 'The Albums That Shook a Nation'
Seedy ReviewsLike many who put stock in the right-wing diatribe of the early-1990s, I once believed the Los Angeles riots following the Rodney King verdict were the result of profiteering gangbangers-turned-entertainers who set out to turn their so-called art into a contrived reality.

Then, I listened to Ice Cube, and his chronicles of South Central via AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted, Death Certificate, The Predator and Lethal Injection.

Becky Brems' mind is like a strobe light, and only a camera can capture the fleeting images of its dance floor.

At least, that's what the ASU photography senior's message seems to be as she chats about tomorrow evening's "First Friday" show at Phoenix's local artist refuge, Gallery 1023.

Treading lightly
Recently, Charlie Levy and Jim Adkins were having dinner at Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe and, as if driven by some divine force, they began talking about record labels. As the conversation escalated, they realized that they were at the threshold of a really great concept.

As it turns out Levy, a long-time Phoenix concert promoter, and Adkins, the lead singer of the local super group Jimmy Eat World, had shared many of the same thoughts about beginning a record label in Phoenix. They both wanted to start off slow and cultivate the label over time and they both had similar bands in mind.

Red scare
Fresh off a world tour, the 30-year-old DJ Vadim will be gracing the Valley with his innovative European version of hip-hop at Modified Arts on Wednesday. Vadim, who has been deejaying for more than a decade, has experimented with funk and jungle music throughout Europe and has an unorthodox musical fashion that blends hip-hop with a unique brand of electronic jazz. He recently finished his seventh LP - USSR: The Art of Listening - which features Gift of Gab, of underground hip-hop icons Blackalicious.

A cry for war: 'Tears of the Sun' review
The new action picture Tears of the Sun, by director Antoine Fuqua [Training Day], believes in two great American institutions: democracy and cleavage.

The movie pretends to be a serious film by portraying the grim effects on the civilian populace of an African civil war. But the movie undermines its serious intentions with its many Hollywood conventions, including cliché dialogue and situations, high-tech action sequences and numerous, comical cleavage shots of a beautiful young American missionary/doctor.

Rousing grief: 'Till Human Voices Wake Us' review
Though Till Human Voices Wake Us contains fantasy and supernatural elements that are never explained, it is neither a horror movie nor a thriller in the conventional sense. Here, the supernatural story is a gentle parable about how Sam learns to unburden himself from his paralyzing grief. The end resolves matters not in a realistic way but in an emotional way. Some viewers may have a hard time with this, but I loved it; Sam's final revelations filled me with the joy of being alive.

Asian persuasion
Margaret Cho doesn't take any shit. So she says anyway, and we are inclined to believe her.

Having just completed her brazenly wanton "Notorious C.H.O." comedy tour and movie, Cho is about to embark on her new "Revolution Tour," a more politically-themed nationwide excursion, that parallels Cho in ads for the tour to Che Guevara, and promises to be just as shocking as previous tours. She brings her lambada-dance of language to the Dodge Theatre on Friday.

Dancing against the grain
Twelve years - including two of professional tours with his own dance company - later, Brad Garner, 31, has returned to the ASU stages in pursuit of his master of fine arts degree.

Garner will present his thesis project, "Crash," this weekend at the Herberger College's "New Danceworks II" modern dance concert. The concert also includes "Plenty: Surviving Fear and Depression," choreographed by graduate student Kimberly Karpanty.

Profile & Conquer
When movies first appeared, they were portrayed as the root of all delinquency in children and promiscuity in women. Rock music of the '60s was the work of the devil. When the tragedy at Columbine occurred, Marilyn Manson was the first to be called out.

Now, with war looming on America's horizon, random acts of violence in video games are being replaced by vengeful acts toward terrorists found in desert terrain.

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