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D.C. visit a reminder of war's stone, marble casualties
A focus on targeting Iraqi buildings has been used to assure the public of the war's cleanness. There are surely monuments and beautiful historical structures in Baghdad now in flames. There is nothing clean about that.

Be smart about protesting the Iraqi war or shut your mouth
At least the people slaving over their tournament brackets might attain something tangible with their time. War protesters will have wasted their time to give themselves the false satisfaction of making a difference.

Liberation of Iraq is nothing for Daschle to shed tears about
When I am feeling my most vulnerable, I usually think to myself, "Where the hell did I park?" But when I'm not thinking that, I think, "I wonder what senator and professional idiot Tom Daschle has to say."

Editorial: Scams are funniest spring break 'tragedy' yet
We scrapped the usual spring break tragedies for something even more entertaining than venereal diseases (even scabies) this year. The worst report is students who got scammed booking Rocky Point hotel rooms.

Beyond Mill: Congress unlikely to resist Bush's policies in war
A look at other publications' takes on the war in Iraq, including an excerpt from the San Francisco Chronicle saying that Congress won't risk looking unpatriotic by going against Bush's policies.

Zen and the art of devising the perfect class schedule
Scheduling your classes for next semester can really be a pain in your posterior end. So get out those medicated pads, because that flaming feeling just returned Thursday as pre-registration opened for business once again.

Opinion: Shocking elements, victories for Pianist pleasing
If there was ever a night when the Oscars needed surprise, it was last night. OK, so Chicago won Best Picture like everyone said it would, but there were more than enough shocking victories to please this viewer.

Huge surprises, war comments at this year's Oscar ceremony
The 75th Annual Academy Awards ceremony, presented at L.A.'s Kodak Theatre last night, was full of surprises. The Best Picture award went to the flashy musical Chicago, but most of the other major awards were given to the Holocaust drama The Pianist.

Drag Racing Devils experience 'total rush' at Firebird Raceway
"Hard acceleration in an automobile is a total rush for anyone," said Tony Cadorin, president of ASU's Drag Racing Devils.

While most people would cringe at the thought of drag racing at speeds of up to 120 mph, Cadorin embraces the rush.

Devil Dish: Walter gives wise words on Iraqi war
Bombarded by reporters with questions pertaining to football on Monday, starting quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Andrew Walter shattered stereotypes of unintelligent athletes and apathetic students.

Opinion: Tigers, Devils reflect the quality of their coaches
A lot of coaches claim they wouldn't recruit a player they knew would only play for a year before jumping to the NBA. Rob Evans seems to be one of those genuine coaches and Memphis coach John Calipari does not.

Sun Devils hungry for success in 2003
On Monday, the ASU football team took part in the first of 15 spring football practices for the 2003 campaign. Heavy on players' minds was their goal to continue to improve upon their 8-6 finish a year ago.

Water Polo: Devils defeat Harvard, sweep tournament
The ASU water polo team upset No. 19 Harvard at their last meeting. Sunday, the No. 20 Sun Devils (16-9) topped the now-unranked Crimson as part of a four-game sweep of the Claremount Colleges tournament.

Swimming and Diving: ASU finishes season at NCAAs
ASU's swimming and diving coaches had their dream of achieving their team's most important goal become a reality this year as the women's swimming and diving program placed 10th at the NCAA championships.

Baseball: Stanford edges ASU
Stanford's Ryan Garko had a game-winning two-run home run over the centerfield wall to break a 2-2 tie in the eighth and give Stanford a two-games-to-one advantage over ASU in the teams' first Pac-10 series.

Police Beat: Bomb scare forces Mill Ave. shutdown
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including the shutdown of Mill Avenue after Tempe police recieved a call about a suspicious package that was found near Coffee Plantation Monday morning.

Tempe may host 2004 debate
ASU's Gammage Auditorium may be host to one of the three 2004 U.S. presidential candidate debates if Neil Giuliano gets his way.

After 11 years of negotiations between the city and the university, an application to host a debate will be submitted to the Commission on Presidential Debates later this week.

Man who housed Ecstasy lab for professor gets probation
The Tempe man who housed one of several Ecstasy labs operated by a former ASU student and a plant biology professor was sentenced to probation Monday.

Joseph Dudley Lewis, 41, was sentenced to 18 months of probation and fined $10,000 in Maricopa County Superior Court after he pleaded guilty to the charges of facilitation to manufacture a dangerous drug and possession of a dangerous drug.

Credibility of ASU evaluated
ASU President Michael Crow said he is confident that ASU will pass an accreditation evaluation being conducted on campus this week.

A team of educators from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools will determine whether or not ASU meets the criteria of a credible institution.

Trouble in paradise: Mexico
Jacki Boles said she lost $200 this spring break, and it wasn't from partying in Rocky Point. She said she paid an online travel company to find her a hotel, but the fraudulent deal left her sleeping in her pick-up.

Eric Schenk, a bioengineering junior, said he was also the victim of a scam.

Plus/minus is Crow's decision
ASU Academic Senate voted Monday not to reopen debate about a plus/minus grading system approved Feb. 24. The measure passed by a tight vote of 30-34.

Although an alternate plan was presented, the Academic Senate will maintain the recommendation made in February to ASU President Michael Crow supporting the formerly approved grading model.

Protests erupt on Mill Avenue
American flags were burned and people on opposing sides of America's involvement in Iraq screamed at each other Thursday night when Tempe joined the world in heated war demonstrations.

When protesters ventured to the opposite side of Mill Avenue and University Drive, screaming matches broke out.

Comics: F-Minus
A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

Comics: W.M.U.
A comic strip by Joseph Bowen.

Comics: Rockinfunzone
A comic strip by Nathan Ross.

CD Review: State Radio's 'Flag of the Shiner'
Seedy ReviewsSo you want to start an anti-war protest, eh? Well, according to recent weeks, you need available lawn space on a major college campus, a huge marionette of the dubya, and, sometimes, an obscure band for background noise.

With the release of Flag of the Shiners, State Radio is making a push to be that band. These guys can pretty much play any music that can fit your musical needs from reggae to grunge to punk.

CD Review: The Kicks
Seedy ReviewsThe Kicks may have adopted a new moniker, but the band formerly known as Ashtray Babyhead unfortunately hasn't ditched the tired power-pop sound they ripped off from Weezer way back in 1997.

On their self-titled "debut," The Kicks explore the same used-up subject matter that every other doofus-rock quartet has subjected us to for the past decade.

CD Review: Dressy Bessy's 'Little Music'
Seedy ReviewsDressy Bessy isn't your momma's pop band, but - don't be afraid - she'd enjoy a listen to the latest album from the Denver quartet.

The mellow beats of Little Music are reminiscent of a bygone era when music was meant to be fun and stress-free. Sit back. Take it easy. Enjoy the music.

Dirty rat thief: 'Willard' movie review
Crispin Glover had to go back in time to find the role that was tailor-made for him.

Although his mastery of George McFly in 1987's Back to the Future will surely define him for years to come, it is the title character in Willard - by far, the most superb remake of any American film to date - that is undeniably Glover's calling.

Seeking sanctuary
During the crest of America's urban gang epidemic, much of the America's communities were being ravaged by a culture of death, drugs and despair. However, for Jose Casas, ASU Masters of Fine Arts student and Southern Californian native, in Baldwin Park's epicenter of gang brutality there was a safe haven where even the dominant gang bangers, and drug slangers couldn't penetrate - The Vine.

Now, years later, the community phenomena is the motivation behind Casas' upcoming hip-hop play bearing the same name. Casas, who is the playwright, says "The Vine" is a musical voyage through the realities of life for many American minorities. "I'm trying to tell a story that normally isn't able to be told in this form," Casas says.

Cup o' Joe: To die for
Cup O JoeInside the club, you sip on a $6 cocktail mixed in a cheap, plastic 8-ounce cup. You find your reflection in a panoramic mirror behind the bar, inventing another drab and cliché introduction. Flashing strobes, black lights, and smoke-screened illuminations of red and green conceal the blemishes that would otherwise keep you from getting laid if anyone saw you in the light of day.

Outside, just a few feet beyond an unimpressive line of pretentious, yet unimportant people and a gated patio of superficial small talk, a man is about to die. His brain is hemorrhaging internally, blood swimming freely inside his cracked skull.

Permanent Midnight
Josh Kolsrud, a 22-year-old business management and philosophy senior, has stayed away from the club where he was stabbed and nearly killed 13 months ago, but he'll never forget what happened there.

He can't. There's too much to remind him.

An exhibition of protest
Phoenix police on horseback patrol McDowell Road, their eyes fixed on the crowd. Kyrsten Sinema, joined by nearly 1,500 peace-protesters present on a Saturday afternoon, shuffles by. Sinema's brethren sing in awkward harmony around her and carry signs like "Bush is a wack! Hands off Iraq," sketched on yellow poster board and decorated with two solid, black hands below it.

Sinema also held a sign, but earlier she passed it on to someone who didn't have one. In fact, she had many signs. The night before, friends and fellow dissidents from around the Valley brainstormed slogans and painted on posters at her house for five hours. They prepared for Saturday's "No War! A Celebration of Life and Creativity" rally at Margaret T. Hance Park in central Phoenix.

Break it down
For the past year, ASU student Brad Hasse has been flying back and forth between Tempe and Los Angeles every weekend, spending Saturday nights on the promenade at Santa Monica, submersing himself in hip-hop culture. Hasse isn't a breakdancer; he doesn't even aspire to be one. He's simply an artist who saw the beauty in an ever-expanding hip-hop culture and decided to share it with the world.

"It's not a hip-hop representation," Hasse says of his 40-minute video, Outside the Box: A Dance Odyssey. "It's an outside look at what [breakdancers] do. I wanted to capture the art in it. "

Apocalypse now?
Having formed from the leftovers of two other San Diego bands back in 1995, The Locust is now comprised of Gabe Serbian, Justin Pearson, Joseph Karam and Robert Bray. The band claims no lead singer, and at live shows it habitually lines all its members up front. They also have no name for the tour they are now on, but the band will, however, promote the June release of its new album "Plague Soundscapes" with a tour starting in July.

Until then, local fans can absorb The Locust's scourge of cacophonous notes at the Mason Jar on Monday night.

Scenic route: Before Braille's journey to SXSW
For a band on an independent record label, a road trip to the South By Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, is like going on a patronage to Mecca. If you want to appease the gods of rock'n'roll, you have to make the trip at least once in your musical lifetime.

This year, locals Before Braille will be among the nation's finest, best-kept secrets playing at the annual conference, which is attended by record executives, radio bigwigs, and any other salivating music fans that make the trek. Before Braille has incorporated the three days in Austin into its current 14-state tour and through the use of modern day technology [cell phones are the greatest journalistic tool ever invented], SPM was able to help document the band's journey.

Since learning two months ago that he will be spending spring break deejaying in Jaipur and New Delhi, India, Mark "Jas" Tynan has been preparing himself for the culture shock and time change. For almost a week now, he's been slowly tricking his internal clock into thinking he's on Indian time, which is 12 hours ahead of Arizona. He will not go to bed until 8 the next morning, after a night on the turntables at Club Freedom, where he's been spinning for more than four years.

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