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Letters to the Editor: Racist article a 'drag' for Hispanics
The letters in response to recent columns and news, including a letter from one of Ivan Vasquez's teachers saying that a drag racing accident made front-page news because Vasquez is Mexican-American.

Anti-American sentiment hidden behind protest signs
While Vietnam-era protesters truly believed they were supporting the Northern Vietnamese, today's protesters have no claim of idealism. Instead, most of the protests are simply thinly veiled anti-Americanism.

Editorial: ASU's protest 'zones' restrict freedom of speech
Considering there haven't been any violent demonstrations on campus since the conflict began, it seems that the only form of "intimidation" to date is the statement Michael Crow issued about campus protests.

Protesters' idealism drowns out criticism of war's value
Predicting that eradicating the Iraqi government will lead to democracy in the Middle East stems from assuming the Arab world will miraculously stop viewing America as an overzealous aggressor after the war.

'ASU Web Devil' site registration to start April 1
Beginning April 1, 2003, the ASU Web Devil will require registration for viewing content beyond the home page. Registration is free and open to all.

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: Cinderella teams must wait to try on slipper
After a regular season of men's basketball that saw many teams in and out of the top-25, it seemed like this year's NCAA tournament was one built for Cinderellas. But the first two rounds have disproved that idea.

Hump Day Hoopla: Finch to be next big female athlete
Jennie Finch, a member of Team USA softball and bona fide superstar, has been a premier softball player for more than three years. However, she has garnered a wealth of attention for her stunning appearance.

Water Polo: Home turf to draw attention to new NCAA sport
A successful home stand is important to ASU water polo for more than the obvious reason of winning games. Players and coaches hope to draw attention to a sport that is only in its second year of NCAA competition.

W Tennis: Devils set for makeup meet with Wildcats
The Sun Devils will travel south to Wildcat territory again as the ASU women's tennis team will make up its postponed meet against University of Arizona. Heavy rain at the February 26 dual forced the rescheduling.

Talented crop awaits Pac-10 season
After the No. 2 ASU baseball team dropped a pair of highlight-filled games and its first conference series of the year to Stanford over the weekend, the Sun Devils will travel to Southern California to face USC.

Bush administration defends itself against war criticism
With the military campaign in Iraq less than a week old, Bush administration officials Tuesday defended themselves Tuesday against criticism that their war plan was inadequate and their statements had fueled public perceptions that the war would end quickly.

Sandstorms slow U.S. forces; uprisings delay assault
A rippling yellow curtain of sandstorms slowed - but did not halt - the coalition's advance on Baghdad as U.S. troops battled a large enemy force Tuesday, killing hundreds of Iraqis on the road to the capital.

In Basra, the nation's second largest city, hazy reports emerged of a possible uprising against Saddam Hussein, and the continuing instability in southern Iraq forced U.S. war planners to temporarily delay their assault on Baghdad.

Many civilians believed to be among dead in Nasiriyah
U.S. Marines, moving through this still-contested city, opened fire at anything that moved Tuesday, leaving dozens of dead in their wake, at least some of them civilians.

Helicopter gunships circled overhead, unleashing Hellfire missiles into the squat mud-brick homes and firing their machine guns, raining spent cartridge cases into neighborhoods. Occasionally a tank blasted a hole in a house. Several bodies fell in alleys.

Police Beat: Man sneaks sleeping pills in his pants
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a 46-year-old Guadalupe man arrested Monday on the charge of shoplifting after allegedly concealing Tylenol P.M. and NyQuil packages in his waistband.

Protests to hit D'backs opener
A coalition of abortion rights groups will use the Diamondbacks season-opening game against the LA Dodgers on Monday as a venue to voice their disagreement with the team's owner.

On Feb. 21, Arizona Diamondbacks owner Jerry Colangelo allowed the American Life League, an anti-abortion group, to use the Phoenix baseball stadium to host a press conference for a fundraising project.

Suicide victim yet to be identified
Tempe police have still not identified the man who fell to his death from the Chase parking garage near ASU more than two weeks ago. The death was ruled a suicide by the Maricopa County Medical Examiner.

Crow has eye on war demonstrations
Michael Crow said in a letter earlier this month that ASU officials would ensure that an increase in protests wouldn't "disrupt the educational mission of the University," without hurting freedom of expression.

Reality TV Roundup: 'Idol' gets patriotic, trivializes Iraqi war
A look back at this week's episodes of "American Idol 2" and "Survivor." This week, "Idol" trivialized the Iraqi war by having the 10 finalists sing one of the silliest songs ever, "What the World Needs Now is Love" by Burt Bachrach.

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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