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Conduct code brings 'Shane's World' to columnist's door
After reading about the new code of conduct, I realized that I would be bound to live by the code. My column would have to reflect honor, dignity and integrity in the writing and in my behavior while writing it.

ASASU passes on defending students' most basic interests
I've been at ASU for almost four years now. During that period, I've been able to unravel many of this school's mysteries. But I still can't seem to figure out what our student government is supposed to do.

A few minutes in defense of Andy Rooney's award
Let's imagine that The Cronkite Award of Excellence would not go to Andy Rooney because public outcry is so loud that the school can't help but retract it. To whom else is Cronkite supposed to give the award?

Editorial: Helping homeless is not about beautifying Tempe
For Barb Carter, Tempe vice mayor, the city has recently had an eyesore removed. No, she's not talking about Mayor Neil Giuliano's snazzy goatee - although we sure hope he shaves that peach fuzz soon.

Mall Rants: Code of Conduct
Students rant about the Code of Conduct changes.

Political Cartoon: War in Iraq
Nathan Ross comments on Hussein's control in Iraq.

'Idol' keeps all 8 contestants due to Corey's crimes
A summary of both American Idol 2 shows this week, including a run-down of each performance and the one who was (or wasn't) voted off this week.

Brief: Sony's 'Amplitude'
With more features, a better variety of music, and a new interface, Sony's new music game Amplitude is proving to be a worthy follow-up to 2001's Frequency.

Like Frequency, Amplitude has players build a song from the ground up by choosing different tracks like vocals, bass, guitars, sound effects, and more depending on the style of music.

'The Simpsons': Show gets back to basics, ups the ratings
Not only is "The Simpsons" having a ratings comeback, but it's apparently going back to basics. Tonight was another story-driven episode, with each storyline having a good amount of screen time.

CD Review: AFI's 'Sing the Sorrow'
A Fire Inside has hit the big time with their new album Sing the Sorrow, which was released by Columbia Records in early March.

Sing the Sorrow, the band's most recent album since its 2000 release of Art of Drowning, is meant for a patient audience because it requires a few listens to catch everything. But it is worth the wait.

Hawaiian singer returns to Arizona, leis long-time fans
A native Hawaiian performer hoped to please crowds by bringing some of the tropical spirit to the Sonoran desert. But, more importantly, he hoped to knock down some of the most common stereotypes about Hawaii's culture.

Keali'i Reichel's concert featured updated traditional Hawaiian lyrical chants sung to a mixture of traditional music and modern pop during his near-capacity show in Gammage Auditorium at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Hoops: Dodd confident he'll slam-dunk foes
He may just be a skinny 6-1, 175-pound "white boy" who averaged 4.1 points per game this season, but senior Kyle Dodd is probably the best dunker on the team and will be in the College Dunk Contest.

Golf: Canizares 'brilliant' in final round, wins Tucson tourney
ASU freshman Alejandro Canizares shot a brilliant final round at the National Invitational Tournament in Tucson to take first place by a slim margin of two strokes. The women will host the PING/ASU Invitational.

Football: Veterans keep spring practices running smooth
Sun Devils head football coach Dirk Koetter said his team, which returns 16 starters and 37 lettermen next season, has been the sharpest of the three squads he's taken into spring ball in his tenure at ASU.

Devil Dish: Uday to die pain free, unlike dead athletes
For many in Iraq, pain and suffering go hand-in-hand with sports. In Iraq's Olympic building, there is a 30-cell prison where athletes are tortured or killed for not winning or falling out of favor with Uday.

Baseball: Devils burned, Lobos pound out 11 runs
In a game nearly shortened due to New Mexico's travel plans, time was not an issue for the Lobos, who handed ASU an 11-7 non-conference loss Wednesday night in front of 1,919 fans at Packard Stadium.

Brief: Larkin, Ortiz, receive Pac-10 wrestling honors
ASU senior Eric Larkin and wrestling coach Thom Ortiz were named the Pac-10 wrestler and coach of the year on Wednesday. Larkin won an NCAA championship, and Ortiz coached ASU to a Pac-10 title this season.

Coalition forces close in on Baghdad, Guard hard to find
U.S. troops closed to within 20 miles of Baghdad on Wednesday, punching through the remnants of Republican Guard divisions and rolling nearly within sight of Saddam Hussein's seat of power.

Iraqi soldiers warn of Syrian, Lebanon mercenaries
During a brief lull in shelling by U.S. forces Wednesday afternoon, Iraqi soldiers, alone and in groups of two and three, came to surrender.

Marching down a main highway raising white handkerchiefs over their heads, the surrendering Iraqis made their intentions known to the U.S. troops who kept their rifles trained on them just in case it was a ruse.

Police Beat: Man makes speedy getaway from golf cart
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man who sped away just as his car was going to be towed. The man allegedly forced an officer parked behind him in a golf cart to dive out of the way.

Tempe center helps homeless
Robb Dee, 20, wearing a tattered T-shirt and a backward hat, munched on chips, pizza and celery sticks during an open house Tuesday for the six-month-old Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development drop-in center in Tempe.

The center in Tempe exists mainly to give kids like Dee, who aren't looking for trouble but don't have anywhere else to go, a safe place to rest.

Law, accounting students offer tax help to other students
As the April 15 income tax filing deadline approaches, students, and international students in particular, seek help with federal paperwork. ASU law students will hold five more sessions to assist with the process.

Goad elected ASASU president
Kevin Bondelli burst into tears Wednesday night when he and his running mate, Brandon Goad, became the 2003-2004 ASU student body vice president and president, respectively.

Closer to God
It could be any Sunday morning in any Catholic church in the Valley. A priest, dressed in flowing purple vestments, stands before an altar draped in white and adorned with flickering candles and flowers. A small, brass cross looks down from above. The words, the rituals, the smell of incense at Tempe's Shrine of the Christ of Divine Life would be familiar to any Catholic. But that's where the similarities end.

In this church, the priest stands barefoot before a congregation of barely a dozen people, who include a middle-aged lesbian, two married couples fed-up with traditional churches, a couple of curious ASU students and a few former Roman Catholics.

Pack Rat
By day, Craig Johnson is an ASU chemistry doctoral student studying the fundamentals of minerals at the atomic level. However, when Johnson, a Texas native, leaves his academic bubble, he becomes one of the many artists exploiting the Phoenix area's young art scene. Johnson believes that Phoenix is like a blank canvas with young local artists painting on the layers of culture as time goes along.

Johnson is showing his collage-style art, which he deems Urban Decay, for the first time at the Varrio Café in Phoenix. Johnson, admitting to his pack-rat qualities, says much of the material for his work comes from random trash he discovers.

Deadline writer
He's a journalist who's crafted a book about lost gold turning men to murder, coupling art and love with the politics of restoration and reservations. Story and suspense are supported by the dusty roads of Tucson and the sandblasted walls of a Spanish Baroque church.

Though his mystery novel is about to be released to a mass market, ASU journalism professor Bruce Itule seems more at ease slouched with a beer in a local lounge, commenting on the Arizona-Kansas basketball game Saturday night than discussing the project that took him 10 years to write, research and publish.

Wrong number
Near the end of Phone Booth, the new thriller by director Joel Schumacher [Falling Down, Batman Forever], there's a scene that demonstrates how much better a movie it could have been.

In the scene, a seedy New York City publicist, played by Colin Farrell, finally breaks down emotionally after having been held at gunpoint in a phone booth all day. In front of large crowds of New Yorkers and the requisite TV cameras always present in this kind of movie, he confesses his flaws and failings as a human being. The speech is insightfully written and Farrell wrenches it from his guts: It is genuinely moving.

A different song 'n dance
"MUSICIAN WANTED" is what the small, white sign said, pinned up on the wall of a record store in lower Manhattan where Sammy James Jr. was attending art school in 1997. James posted the sign, ready to start a new venture where others had left off.

This time though, James struck gold - even though things didn't look too promising initially. His first reply was from another local art student, Graham Tyler, who couldn't even play the guitar yet. Generally, this would seem somewhat a disaster, but Tyler was just what James had been searching for.

Higher degree of music
Almost a decade ago, a time came when acoustic rock 'n' roll trio Guster struggled to balance a progressing music career with its educational responsibilities. And like many of college-age individuals, Guster reached a stage when it questioned its role in a university environment.

Almost a decade later, Guster, who has been touring seriously since the trio's graduation from Tufts University in 1995, is enjoying success partly fueled by the band's recent signing with Warner Brothers Records.

Gender 'Bend'er
Where was Bend It Like Beckham when I was 10 years old? In 1991, I was an awkward-ass, softball-playing tomboy. I had thick bangs, I was about a foot taller than my best friends in our fourth-grade class, and my favorite thing to wear to school was a manly pair of blue jeans and a T-shirt that read, "Snickers, reach for satisfaction!"

I didn't know what the hell I was doing, and I blame Hollywood. The only movie out at the time to depict girls' sports was Ladybugs. If you don't recall this cinematic masterpiece, please let me fill you in. The movie starred Rodney Dangerfield as a struggling businessman who tries to impress his boss by coaching his daughter's soccer team.

Buenas noches, Buena Vista?
Whether he was blowing his own horn or having it blown by someone else, former President Bill Clinton was a huge music fan. And it is in part due to his passion for music and "Slick Willy" politics that Ibrahim Ferrer of the Cuban supergroup Buena Vista Social Club will be performing at Gammage on Friday.

In 1917, the United States established the Trading with the Enemy Act, which cut off economic ties with countries under U.S. embargoes, including Cuba. In the latter half of the century, this limited travel and trade between countries.

Praying for individuality
When I was 12 years old, I swore I would never have sex until I was married. I'd find a nice boy, settle down, and then when we decided to have kids we would make love. Six years later it all fell apart somehow and my virginity was gone.

I had spent 1, 080 days [give or take a few] in Catholic school between the moment I devised my sex plan and lost my virginity. Unbelievably, I had also spent 1,440 days in Catholic school before I was 12.

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