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Let the sunlight of honesty disinfect cheating plague
There is no major versus minor cheating when it comes to institutional integrity. Academic cheating is wrong. We propose that the Academic Senate require students to sign an affidavit stating they will not cheat.

Negligence the root of kids' summer drowning deaths
Children are going to die soon. Arizonans know this. It gets hot. Kids start swimming. And they start drowning. As heartless as it seems, prosecution of negligent guardians needs to occur when children drown.

Letters to the Editor: Humans and dinosaurs didn't coexist
The letters in response to recent events, including a letter from a reader saying that a lecture by Mike Vallie was incorrect when he stated that cross-cultural "dragon myths" provide evidence of dinosaur coexistence.

Piestewa reaches her 'peak'
As a tribute to Army Pfc. Lori Piestewa, Gov. Janet Napolitano is pushing to change the peak's name and its accompanying freeway. Sounds wonderful. But some in the legislature are opposing this proposal.

Boos and Bravos: Bravo for two grown men in diapers
Bravo to "The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told," the Adam and Eve tale recounted from a homosexual standpoint. There's nothing we like seeing more than two grown men in diapers talking about the difficulties of childrearing.

Mall Rants: Gap closing
ASU students rant about what should replace the Gap.

'Simpsons' repeats plots but keeps the laughs coming
With any show that has lasted as long as The Simpsons, there are bound to be plot retreads. In this case, it's Homer's interaction with the gay community.

Video Game Review: 'Def Jam Vendetta'
In a wrestling game market mainly dominated by the WWE (or F, if you're old school), Electronic Arts released Def Jam Vendetta under its EA Sports Big label earlier this month. This game brings together some of the biggest names in rap to basically kick the living crap out of you.

Reality TV Roundup: Just stop with the pro-American songs
This week, keeping with the theme of Billy Joel, the final seven singers crooned Joel's "For The Longest Time." Good or bad, the best part was that Carmen Rasmusen didn't know what the words were.

Review: NCAA hoops roundup
As the NCAA Tournament has passed, and six months until tip off comes again, college basketball junkies need a fix to get them through the long days of summer. What better time then to compare two of the better college basketball games of our time, NCAA College Basketball 2K3 by Sega Sports and NCAA March Madness 2003 by EA Sports?

CD Review: Psychedelic Breakfast's 'Bona Fide'
With apologies to the Phish and String Cheese Incident fans out there, I found Psychedelic Breakfast's Bona Fide an interesting mix of talents, despite the fact it was l-o-n-g with a side of boring.

CD Review: Nexxis' 'The Connecting Link'
Not to sound clever, but I think that I have deciphered the title of Phoenix-based rapper Nexxis' new CD. He is the "connecting link" between Nelly and Outkast!

'Laramie Project' reveals humanity's problem: hate
"The Laramie Project" is a look at the life of residents of a sparsely populated town of Laramie, Wyoming in the aftermath of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard's murder on October 6, 1998.

Shepard was found bound to a fence in the secluded hills and private property outside Laramie in the early morning of October 7. Two men about his same age brutally beat him and then left him to die in an act of hate that spurred the nation's anger.

Softball: Sun Devils to face rival, rough crowd
After it gets past the insults, screams and projectiles thrown its way, the ASU softball team will finally get to face the top-ranked team in the nation. ASU will take a walk into the lion's den to face No. 1 Arizona.

Spring football comes to close
While the Sun Devils have not yet suited up to face a single opponent, a large chunk of the prep work is complete as spring football comes to a close with Saturday's annual spring game at Sun Devil Stadium.

W Tennis: 'Cats creep into Tempe for last battle with ASU
The ASU women's tennis team is not slowing down as its season winds down. The Sun Devils have one last battle against the University of Arizona. This match will count towards the Pac-10 standings.

M Tennis: Intra-state rivals set for clash in Tucson
The tension will be so thick you can cut it with a pitchfork when the ASU men's tennis team travels to Tucson to play the rival University of Arizona. The showdown, set for noon, will count toward Pac-10 standings.

W Hoops: Awards banquet closes curtain on season
At the team's annual banquet, Charli Turner Thorne addressed her troops at length once again - only this time to shower them and others involved with the team for the work ethic and numerous achievements.

Water Polo: Sun Devils host invitational to close season
If the ASU water polo team has its way at the Sun Devil Invitational this weekend, teams around the country will remember the end of the year tournament as a benchmark for the young program.

Devil Dish: Fans must put Jerry Springer antics aside
America's past time has now become subject to Jerry Springer-like entertainment. Eric Dybas, the fourth fan to run onto the field at the White Sox and Royals game last week, attacked umpire Laz Diaz.

Baseball: Bruins bounce ASU
What started awkwardly as sibling rivalry between Sun Devil Erik Averill and Bruin Brandon Averill ended even zanier on a fluke double play, and foiled ASU in a 9-8 series-opening loss to UCLA Thursday night.

Troops capture Saddam's half-brother, meet resistance
Special Operations troops captured a half-brother of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad on Thursday as the U.S.-led coalition pressed on with the difficult task of rooting out resisters and restoring stability to Iraq.

Shiite dissident declares himself in charge of Baghdad
Baghdad got a new leader Thursday, but no one seems to know who he is.

Stepping out of nowhere into the power vacuum left by the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime, Mohammed Mohsen al-Zubaidi, 50, a Shiite dissident who has spent the past 24 years in exile, declared himself the leader of Baghdad and began setting up an administration in the corner of an unused coffee shop at the back of the Palestine Hotel.

Iraqi Christians celebrate 'new life' without Saddam
As they do every year near Easter, the parishioners of Baghdad's Greek Catholic Church will drape the statues of saints in black on Friday and then gather around a prone likeness of Christ to pray.

Less than two weeks after the fall of Baghdad, Iraq's Christians - who make up about 3 percent of the population in this largely Muslim country - will mark a special Easter this year, the first in more than two decades without Saddam Hussein.

Nations must contribute to $2.2B Iraq relief fund
A top U.N. humanitarian aid official said Thursday that countries have contributed less than 20 percent of the estimated $2.2 billion that will be needed to provide food, medicine and other necessities to Iraqis for the next six months.

Najaf neighborhood hit hard by coalition bombing
Zahraa Hashem's leg won't heal. Her pelvis is crushed and set in a vice. The wound on the back of her leg is too big, too deep to close. The limb looks like a supermarket leg of lamb.

Before the war, she was one of the smartest and most beautiful teen-agers in her ninth-grade class. She planned to be a surgeon. Like almost everyone else in her school, she hated Saddam Hussein. But she isn't with her classmates lining the roads of Najaf, cheering that he is gone.

Coalition bombers hit al Karama, Zahraa's middle-class neighborhood, from 1:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. on April 2, killing 40 civilians and injuring 35 more.

Sailors and Marines may soon face longer missions
Thousands of sailors and Marines left at home during the war with Iraq may get a bigger taste of life at sea than they anticipated once the conflict ends.

The Atlantic Fleet's top admiral says that some carrier battle groups could be deployed up to a year - double their traditional time abroad - as the Navy works to get them back on a regular deployment cycle.

Police Beat: Man throws plastic lid, strikes mother
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a 20-year-old Tempe man arrested on the charge of assault. The man allegedly threw a plastic lid and struck his mother, causing minor injuries.

Napolitano hails research money
At a forum Thursday, Gov. Janet Napolitano lauded the $400 million the Legislature will likely set aside for university research facilities.

The forum came a day after the state Legislature announced a bill to fund research facilities at ASU, UA and NAU. ASU could receive $185 million for the Arizona Biodesign Institute and other science and medical research buildings.

Three students awarded Fulbright
Three ASU students won Fulbright awards this month for one year of research abroad with all travel, living and academic expenses paid.

Urban development planning graduate student Jesus Lara, kinesiology senior Janet Staples and recent economics, finance and Spanish graduate Jonathan Beekman will travel to different countries to research issues in their specialty areas.

Three professors win Guggenheims
Professors Gitta Honegger, Kenneth L. Mossman and Monica H. Green received 2003 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship awards last week.

The $6 million in grants are divided and awarded to 184 artists, scholars and scientists in the nation for projects to be researched abroad.

Men's basketball locker room to get $600,000 makeover
Other schools may soon have to worry about losing recruits to ASU when the Sun Devil locker room undergoes a $600,000 renovation to make it one of the best-equipped and most hi-tech locker rooms in the country.

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

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

'Good 'N Plenty' takes a sweet look at government
An energetic government teacher and a few licorice candies are stirring up trouble in "Good 'N Plenty," an offbeat comedy about a group of high school students learning about the Constitution in a slightly different way.

Springfield soapbox: The Simpsons, 'Bulletproof Monk'
Michael Green, SPM's regular film critic, was injured in a tragic blimp accident on the day of the screening of Bulletproof Monk, and he was unable to write a review of the movie in time for our deadline. Fortunately, we ran into some of the characters from "The Simpsons" coming out of the screening and they generously agreed to give us some of their thoughts on the film.

Pretty fly for a white guy: 'Malibu's Most Wanted' review
Last week, Jaime Kennedy announced to the world on "The Late Show" with Dave Letterman that he was fit to play dumb, white-boy roles. And now the boy has reached his peak. When an actor's most memorable line becomes, "King Kong ain't got nuthin' on me," you know he's reached the dumbest of the dumb.

Malibu's Most Wanted, starring Kennedy as Brandon Gluckman [aka B-Rad] throws Kennedy's extremely white ass [seriously, it's super white] into the ghetto to spoof racial and class divisions in California.

Off the reel
Plastic hut. Gay Boyfriend. Proper Urinal Etiquette. They aren't the typical film titles you'd find at the local chain movie theater. But they are just a few of the short artistic films included in Arizona State University's 7th Annual Outdoor Film Festival.

John Spiak, an ASU Art Museum curator, established and organized the film festival with co-curator R.T. "Bob" Pece at ASU six years ago. Spiak was inspired to bring a short film festival with divergent content to the university after attending a similar film series in California that gained notoriety.

¡Rock en Español!
There has been an underground rock scene in Mexico since the 1950s, but for the most part, if young hipsters wanted to get their hands on anything worth listening to, they had to look far beyond the border for English-speaking rock and roll bands. That all changed in the 1980s when the country's foundation literally shook. Around the time of the great Mexico City Earthquake in 1985, an outcropping of Spanish-speaking rock bands emerged from the destruction.

Among them was a band called Caifanes, which has since been renamed after Mayan cosmology's lord of the underworld, Jaguares. Their popularity in Mexico mirrors that of evergreen bands like The Eagles or Aerosmith in the United States, and gradually their popularity in the States has paralleled that of the Beatles in pre-'80s Mexico. This weekend, Jaguares will headline a show at Tempe's Marquee Theater.

Making music
When you walk into Brian Champ's apartment, it's obvious he's a musician. A drum set is hiding behind the couch, Authority Zero is blasting through every speaker in the house and Champ and his roommate, Johnny Lincoln, are sitting on the couch and air drumming as fast as they can. The phone rings. It's Champ's band mates calling to confirm what time they're leaving for their show tonight in Tucson.

Pre-show parable
It's 4 P.M. on Sunday and John Delacruz, a jovial man with a shaved head that he hides under a beanie, is peering into the tinted windows of Ra Sushi Bar on Tempe's Mill Avenue. Inside, he sees a room of empty tables and a lone bartender drying off a couple of glasses. A laminated piece of paper several inches below his cupped hands will momentarily inform him that the restaurant won't open until an hour later.

Delacruz is the drummer for the Phoenix not-quite-rock/not-quite-ordinary band Fatigo. On the Sunday afternoon in question, Fatigo will be performing at Ra as part of the "New Times Music Showcase" at 6 p.m.

Gus Black's 'Uncivilized Love'
So what if it's not about heroin addiction or sleeping with someone random? Gus Black's Uncivilized Love, as a whole, gives me the impression of ugly, sleepless nights spent waiting for the sun to rise so it could prove that beauty still exists. OK, that's stupid, but there's a lot of soul in Gus's work, which is surprising considering its pop-blues texture.

And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead's 'The Secret of Elena's Tomb'
With quotes on the And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead Web site like, "I want to do acid with the President of the United States," a wild musical encounter was expected from their latest album, The Secrets of Elena's Tomb. However, this Austin, Texas-based foursome delivers a musical experience much more tame then their chilling name and wise-ass image.

The Party of Helicopters' 'Please Believe it'
The Party of Helicopters is not something you would expect out of Ohio. It's not wholesome or all-American or classic rock. It's also not worth buying into. Their newest album, Please Believe It, has a pretty retro look to it, and originally gave me hope. After listening to the first three songs, I was at a loss for words. The boys spend these 10 songs trying to imitate girls [at least that's what it sounds like] only to end up recording the tone-deaf wailings of immature wannabes.

Solo circle
It's a simple concept. You have the opening band, the mid band, and last - the headlining or closing band. This is the industry standard at most music venues. But, every few months Leslie Barton of Modified Arts, says she likes to throw a wrench in the wheels of the traditional music venue format.

For the first time since January, Modified Arts will present Round Robin Night from 8 p.m. to close Sunday. The event features five solo artists all on stage at once in a sort of acoustic sparing match. For the entire night the five artists will switch off songs in an attempt to abandon the conventional music format.

Soap opera melodrama
The first rule of Tiny Tinas is: You do not talk about Tiny Tinas. Until recently, the people who have approved of, organized, or been included in Tiny Tinas have lived under a shroud of fear and longed for obscurity.

Few participants have felt others should know that Tiny Tinas existed. They wanted to keep Tina locked in a closet. But all that's going to change, because Tinas' are comin' out!

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