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Letters to the Editor: ASU using 'voodoo economics'
The letters in response to recent news, including a reader writing to say that the W.P. Carey School of Business' consideration of an extra $250 fee per semester on top of tuition increases does not bode well for ASU.

Protests don't support troops
In the past month, war in Iraq has gone from being an issue to being a reality. With every passing day the anti-war left continues to grasp at straws, and they keep coming up with what they always do: nothing.

An early wish to see McCain in next presidential election
As I consider the contest for the next leader of the Free World - whatever shape that is in when election day rolls around - I fervently hope Sen. John McCain begins to cast his gaze across the National Mall.

Editorial: FCC ruling could be bad sign for Valley media
Unfortunately, Arizona's four dominant media giants are really nothing more than monopolizing corporations that prey on independent providers of information so that they can fill their inflated pockets even more.

Club Sports: W lacrosse eyeing Division I playoff berth
Two years ago, the ASU women's lacrosse team didn't have enough players to field a complete team. Now they are just one win away from a spot in the league championship tournament in their first season of Division I play.

Postcards from Spain: Nightlife is world's best
Carnival is an annual week-long celebration with fiestas and parades. Spain has a reputation for having better nightlife than any other country and Carnival is just one piece of evidence that shows why.

CD Review: American Hi-Fi's 'Art of Losing'
To discuss American Hi-Fi's new release, entitled The Art of Losing, is to discuss every other pop-punk band in circulation today. Everything from their guitar riffs to lyrics has been pilfered directly from other bands.

Opinion: Ship inept Tigers, Brewers to the minors
The Detroit Tigers are an absolute abomination. So are the Milwaukee Brewers. With a good amount of luck, maybe both teams would be playing their final Major League games this season.

Devil Dish: Once-immortal Griffey Jr. dives over the hill
Remember when Ken Griffey Jr. was cool? You know, when he won Gold Gloves and hit home runs into Canada for Seattle? The Griffey of old was immortal. Now, he's become a permanent fixture on the disabled list.

W Hoops: Learning curve hits ASU hard, gives room to grow
The ASU women's basketball team finished the season paling in comparison to a squad that went 25-9 and won the Pac-10 tournament a year earlier, but thoughts of the future could put smiles back on faces.

Sun Devils dominate GCU
It took four batters to dismiss the shutout ghosts from Packard Stadium Monday night on the eight-year anniversary of the last time the ASU baseball team was shutout.

The No. 7-ranked Sun Devils extended their NCAA-record scoring streak to 475 games in a 10-2 win over Grand Canyon University in front of 2,020 fans.

After a weekend off from Pac-10 competition, ASU came out aggressive against the Antelopes (24-18).

Syracuse, coach Boeheim claim 1st championship
Seniors? Who needs seniors? With the unstoppable freshmen Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara leading the way, the Syracuse Orangemen held off Kansas 81-78 Monday night in a thrilling NCAA championship game at the Superdome.

Airstrike hits 'leadership target,' possibly Saddam and son
A U.S. war plane Monday pulverized a "leadership target" in Baghdad believed to have been occupied by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and at least one of his two sons, U.S. officials said.

Oakland police injure dozens, arrest 30 protesters
Police fired tear gas, wooden and rubber bullets, bean bags, and concussion grenades at hundreds of antiwar protesters Monday morning, bloodying some who blocked entrances to a shipping company with Defense Department contracts.

Dozens of demonstrators were injured, mostly from projectiles. At least three were hit in the face, others in the back as they fled.

Bush, Blair plan post-war strategy
Hours after troops swept through central Baghdad and entered palaces of Saddam Hussein's besieged regime, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair met here Monday to plan a postwar Iraq.

In their third meeting in less than a month, the two leaders convened a war council at Hillsborough Castle to assess the progress of the coalition's military campaign in Iraq.

Iraqi information minister hopes denials will rally support
The U.S. Marines stood Monday on Baghdad's National Parade Grounds, right under the crossed-swords monument where Saddam Hussein used to watch military parades. Gunfire crackled across the city center.

Just across the Tigris River, seemingly in an orbit of his own, Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf was performing a daily denial routine so bizarre that it makes him seem like a character in a late-night comedy skit.

Pheanis back at head of class
When it was announced earlier this semester that next fall ASU professor Dave Pheanis would not be teaching Microprocessor System Design, students were upset.

So upset that nearly 60 students met with the engineering college's associate dean to voice their concern, and more than 140 students signed a petition with hopes of getting Pheanis back into the class.

Arizona citizens blast FCC in public forum
Arizona journalists, politicians and citizens blasted the Federal Communications Commission's efforts to further deregulate ownership laws during a public forum Monday at the KAET studio.

Bicyclists enjoy freebies during Bike Week
Students eager to take advantage of a free breakfast, a free T-shirt and a ride around with Tempe City Council members will have a chance in the eighth annual Tempe Bike Week, an event to promote bike riding.

Police Beat: Woman kicks, throws pogo stick at police
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a transient woman arrested after allegedly attacking two police officers by throwing a pogo stick and a ceramic figure at them, and then kicking one of them.

New 'ASU Grant' to help the 'neediest of the needy'
The creation of the "ASU Grant" will protect needy students from the 39 percent tuition hike that will be implemented in the fall. Students who demonstrate the most financial need will be eligible for the ASU Grant.

Two new prisons to be built while universities suffer cuts
State money allocated to the Arizona Department of Corrections could be used for higher education, but the Arizona Legislature has approved an additional 4,600 private prison beds that may cost $100 million a year.

Student focuses thesis exhibit on tiny pinhole cameras
ASU artist Nissa Kubly chose to focus on the mechanics of photography for "Macchine di Luce," her Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibit. Kubly created 13 tiny pinhole cameras that can fit in the palm of her hand.

Comics: Rockinfunzone
A comic strip by Nathan Ross.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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