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Letters to the Editor: Oubai misrepresents Muslim group
The letters in response to recent news and letters, including two different letters responding to a letter from Oubai Shahbandar and indicating that Shahbandar unfairly criticized the Muslim Students' Association.

Feminists opposing war forget Iraqi women's silent voices
Feminists across the world flocked to the streets this past Saturday to celebrate International Women's Day. It was basically an excuse for a protest, and their fists collectively rose to the sky against a potential war.

Ass-backward liberals in a quandary about 'war on terrah'
Liberals are not afraid of military force - they just don't want to appear selfish in its application. As such, they are wary of using military power in ways that appear to be blatantly for United States' self-interest.

Enslavement to sensitivity allows some to avoid reality
People in our country have been infiltrated with a new type of sensitivity lately, the kind that does not want us to address the obvious in an obvious manner. This attitude shift is a form of personal censorship.

Editorial: Raise your pints to a dying breed of fight song
The New Mexico State University fight song has a lot to do with getting drunk. Now that's what we call a fight song! ASU's fight song pales in comparison with lines like... we have no idea what the ASU fight song is.

'State Press' Apology: Making amends for plagiarism
While we at The State Press make every effort to ensure the work published here is original, on rare occurrences we become aware of plagiarism in our paper and would like to offer an apology.

Mouthing Off: Death penalty illogical, contradictory
While I myself am not ready to die for my stance on the death penalty, I am willing to succumb to the vast amount of columns in the world dedicated to the topic. The death penalty is not only morally wrong, but it is a contradictory system of the U.S. government.

Spring Break Fashion: The more skin showing, the better
The temperatures are heating up and so are the hormones. From the micro-mini skirts to the barely there bikinis, the theme for this year's spring fashion is "skin to win."

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.

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.

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.

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

Millage leads Devils to No. 4
Curtis Millage averaged 22 points against Oregon and Oregon State, wins that put ASU at fourth place in the Pac-10. The senior guard will return to his hometown, Los Angeles, for the first round of the Pac-10 Tournament.

Baseball: Wyrick the most recent Sun Devil to shine
Ranked as the top team in the nation by two out of the three polls, the Sun Devil baseball team has seen many heroes emerge during a season in which the team has gotten 19 wins in a row and won 28-of-29 overall.

Hump Day Hoopla: Don't turn Masters into '60s-era protest
Joining the purple magnolias and plush green grass at this year's Masters will possibly be thousands of demonstrators who plan on protesting Augusta National's policy of not allowing women as members of the club.

Devil Dish: Evans' discipline prepares ASU to succeed
In light of the recent undertakings in the men's basketball programs at Georgia and St. Bonaventure, it's so nice to have a discipline-oriented coach that plays it straight when it comes to his players' education.

Sports Brief: Men's tennis hosts Wake Forest
The ASU men's tennis team continues its home stand as the Sun Devils prepare for their matchup with Wake Forest University after a rough weekend against two of the nation's top-ranked teams.

Police Beat: Man shoots three people with AK-47
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a Tempe man arrested Tuesday after allegedly pulling out an AK-47 and firing multiple shots at three people. He also allegedly pointed a gun at another victim.

Hundreds attend poetry reading at 'secret garden'
More than 30 ASU students and faculty members did not wield signs or shout across enemy lines in pro-war or anti-war sentiment Tuesday - they read poetry.

Friends shocked by sophomore's death
More than 100 members of Theta Chi somberly wore badges and black ribbons around campus Tuesday in memory of their friend and fraternity brother Jeffrey Gleason, whose body was discovered Monday morning.

Drag race ends in injury, felony
A 65 mph drag race down Southern Avenue gone awry left one driver with severe injuries and the other driver charged with felony endangerment.

The race lasted only a few blocks and ended when the drivers of the two cars drove each other off the road into a cement block.

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.

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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