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OPINIONS
Letters to the Editor: Column a 'journalistic disgrace'
The letters in response to recent columns, including a reader writing in response to Shanna Bowman's Wednesday column to say her use of "insulting name-calling" of people with opposing views is unprofessional.

24-hour coverage risks trivializing serious issues
War is serious business, and the media should be giving the people as much information as they need to determine whether or not they believe that their government is behaving as it should in the conduct of a war.

'Homosexual Conduct' law creates U.S. war for freedom
The "Homosexual Conduct" law, brought to you by that bastian of tolerance named Texas, holds only one purpose: to publicly discriminate. The Court looks like it might strike down this law once and for all.

Stop wasting precious water by using waste water
The current growth rate of urban areas in the Colorado watershed area is 2.9 percent. These states - Arizona, Nevada, Utah, California, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico - cannot depend only on the river.

Editorial: Passing on tattoo regulation passes on disease
"Thick yellow or green discharge or continued oozing or bleeding" is the description the Indiana government web site cites as evidence of a tattoo infection, something several Tempe tattoo parlors have seen lately.

Mall Rants: War in Iraq
Students rant about their war in Iraq.

WEB EXTRA
'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.

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.

SPORTS
Football: All-time leading rusher Smith signs with Cards
After appearing in Tempe once a year for the past 15 seasons, Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, signed to a two-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals worth between $7 million and $8 million.

Devil Dish: Rooney's words spoke louder than actions
Andy Rooney will be presented with the Cronkite Award for Excellence. Rooney is an exceptional journalist, and I think he deserves the award, but what was he thinking when he commented on women sportscasters?

Hoops: ASU took winding path in 2002-03 season
Expectations were high that ASU would reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1995. Not only did Rob Evans take his team the tournament, but ASU pulled an upset in the first round over Memphis.

M Tennis: Sun Devils await two rough meets vs. L.A. squads
The Sun Devils take on USC at 1:30 p.m. and face UCLA at noon on Saturday. The Sun Devils will have the home-court advantage at the Whiteman Tennis Center and both matches will count for the Pac-10.

W Tennis: ASU 'has what it takes' as L.A. teams loom
The ASU women's tennis team has a large plate in front of them as they prepare for four Pac-10 away matches, starting with two of California's toughest teams. ASU has had a long break since their last meet.

Gymnastics: Devils tumble into Pac-10 championships
It's time to see some of the most talented college gymnastics teams face off against their conference foes in the Pac-10 championships. This will be a spectacular meet with all of the Pac-10 teams ranked in the top 20.

Softball: Pac-10 season vs. nation's top teams awaits ASU
Tonight marks the real beginning of the season for the ASU softball team. Done are the smorgasbord of teams from around the nation, the plethora of tournaments and playing multiple games in a day.

Baseball: Battle-wounded Trojans march in to Tempe
The second in a series of eight articles previewing ASU's Pac-10 opponents. A rough start has dropped the USC baseball team out of the rankings, but don't count the Trojans out if their pitching comes around.

Iraqi war comes close to home for ASU athletes
ASU athletes don the maroon and gold in defense of their school's pride; their relatives don camouflage in defense of their country. But Skyler Fulton makes no connection between the battlefield and the football field.

Water Polo: ASU can't fight UCSB's strong first half
The No. 20 ASU water polo team couldn't overcome a five-goal first half by No. 11 UC Santa Barbara and dropped a 9-1 decision Thursday. ASU's lone goal came from Bryn Kuech on an assist from Gili Kollan.

Coalition to wage war for `however long it takes'
WASHINGTON - Reflecting concern about the progress of the war in Iraq, the Pentagon on Thursday readied deployment of an additional 100,000 troops to its combat force as President Bush rejected criticism of his war plan and declared that the U.S. and Great Britain would fight to topple Saddam Hussein's regime "however long it takes."

Coalition forces ready to battle Republican Guard
DOHA, Qatar - The skies over Iraq cleared of sandstorms Thursday, freeing American and British forces to renew punishing offensives in several sectors as Baghdad shook from bomb blasts. But back in Washington, in a sign that an early end to the war is unlikely, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld issued orders Thursday for 120,000 more troops to begin moving to the war zone. When they arrive, more than half of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps will be in Iraq.

Many Iraqi troops being coerced to fight, defectors say
SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq - Bassam, an Iraqi foot soldier, faced two enemies the night war erupted with America. The first was George Bush: The American president's cruise missiles - some 400 of them, according to his platoon's overactive rumor mill - were targeting his infantry unit in northern Iraq. The second had no name, wore a bushy moustache and lived in a canvas tent just a few yards away: He was an officer from Estikhbarat, or Iraqi Military Intelligence. He was newly arrived from Baghdad, and his job was to shoot down any soldier who dared desert. He shot at Bassam.

CAMPUS NEWS
Police Beat: Woman sets five fires in old apartment
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a woman arrested on the charge of arson for allegedly setting five fires in an apartment she formerly owned, causing $12,000 of estimated damage.

ASU hosts NWBA tournament
Instantly your senses are assaulted with the smell of burning rubber, the sight of arms flailing, the sound of crashing metal and voices shouting. It's the National Wheelchair Basketball Association tournament in full swing.



ASU is hosting the 55th annual NWBA tournament for the first time. The NWBA is comprised of approximately 200 teams that compete nationwide.




Tattoo shop owners want stricter regulations for new parlors
The Tempe City Council passed a resolution that tattoo parlors must have written procedures on cleaning, and that employees receive training on how to prevent disease in order to obtain a permit to operate.

'War room' to aid in disasters
In the event of natural disasters, terrorist threats and violent protests or riots, ASU officials believe the University is better prepared with its new Emergency Operations Center.



Housed in ASU's new University Services Building, the EOC, or "war room," allows critical members of University administration and staff to communicate and assess emergency situations.




Penley may be UNM president
After attracting ASU's largest grant, and the second-largest donation to any business school, W.P. Carey School of Business Dean Larry Penley is one of five finalists for president of the University of New Mexico.

Over the Rainbow event highlights LGBT issues
ASU administration and the City of Tempe contributed more than $1,000 combined to a weekend-long Over the Rainbow event that highlighted current lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.

ENTERTAINMENT
'Big Sky' concert showcases unconventional dance motions
"Big Sky" includes unusual motions that may seem jerky or unnatural. One segment features a dancer pretending to have a seizure on the floor, all while being caged within the constraints of the square mat.

Professors, alumni nominated for Governor's Arts Awards
The thirteen ASU professors and alumni nominated for the 2003 Arizona Governor's Arts Awards in Scottsdale on Tuesday were a large portion of the nominees. The awards ceremony is an event held every spring.

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

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

Almost hardcore
The earth is angry. Something has violated her inner core and she is having a bitchfest. Birds fall out of the sky and cause traffic accidents, there are horrific lightning storms, and people with pacemakers are dropping dead all over the place.



So, NASA designs a phallic-shaped vessel to penetrate the earth's surface deeper and deeper into the red-hot magma. When the vessel's crew finally reach the center, they are sweaty and exhausted. But they are still able to fire four nuclear bombs into the liquid metal core. The Earth reacts with a shudder of seismic activity across her entire surface. Her anger dissipates and she is satisfied at last.

Murphy's Law:Sail Inn takes me away
Hello all - no, Joe has not become a blond woman over spring break. I am the woman behind the man in this publication, the assistant as it were. And I am invading Cup o' Joe this week. Why? Well, in case you haven't noticed, our cover story this week involves Tempe's beloved hippie hangout - Sail Inn. I love this place.

Making its Marq
When the owners of Tempe's Red River Music Hall decided to sell, the choice seemed like a smart one. The concert hall is located at the north end of Mill Avenue, a prime scene for local youth to spend an evening with the sounds that rock their young minds. But country and jazz, the genres most frequently heard at the venue, generally relate to a more mature audience.



That, however, is the past. Nobody In Particular Presents, a Denver-based promotions company, bought Red River and has renamed it the Marquee Theatre. NIPP also owns locations in three other states, which facilitates the process of trying to find venues willing and able to carry bands the company wants to promote.

'Toned down
Imagine being a local Tempe band, playing gigs around town when suddenly, after only 20 shows, you are discovered by an RCA executive and signed to a label subsidiary. You're thrown on tour, playing packed shows in New York City and getting airplay on radio stations nationwide.



But today, you're "rocking out" at Chicago Fest in downtown Scottsdale to a crowd that barely fills a fourth of the blue folding chairs set up in front of the dingy stage. What went wrong? For Gloritone, this scenario isn't some cruel nightmare. It's reality.

Setting Sail
In the beginning, The Hut rested on Third Street and Mill Avenue and was like many downtown Tempe scenes of its time. It was a cozy and humble locally-owned bar, where neighbors spent afternoons knocking back six-packs of Keystone with full confidence that the bartender knew their name and their drink.



However, in 1976, the city of Tempe initialed its first redevelopment scheme and consequently bought out much of a contingency of local bars' land along Mill Avenue, causing The Hut to relocate to a spot out of the path of progress.

Rock the vote
Any time comedian Chris Rock steps on stage, it's no surprise when he begins spewing politically incorrect statements, racial slurs and obscenities. In fact, it's expected.



In his new movie, Head of State, Rock delivers yet another no-holds-barred performance, playing a Washington, D.C., neighborhood alderman who's on the verge of losing his job.

Local motion
Working for an AM radio station is like writing for a magazine that's published upside-down and backward in a newspaper: If you want to shed your obscurity, you're going to have to be pretty creative.



ASU's on-campus radio station The Blaze, KASC-AM 1260, has a history of creative endeavors such as on-campus band performances and on-air giveaways, and recently has been broadening its horizons even more by launching a weekly live local music show at the Lucky Dragon restaurant and nightclub in Tempe.

Jazz 101
While Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake tussle over the top of the pops, the battle to bolster support for the profound and culturally essential rages on, almost unobserved.



However, music enthusiasts who seek to find a little history, creativity and exultation can experience the rhapsodic sounds of jazz music through Jazz Week 2003 at the Katzin Concert Hall in the ASU Music Building from Sunday through April 3.

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: Rockinfunzone
A comic strip by Nathan Ross.

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