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Letters to the Editor: Exiles wary of ASU ties to Cuba
The letters in response to recent events and columns, including a letter from two ASU professors, both Cuban, asking the University to carefully examine its ties to Cuba through student exchanges and art exhibits.

War in Iraq transitions to war against fuzzy math
The Bush administration now finds itself in a remarkably similar position as the elder Bush at the end of Desert Storm. Now Bush has the chance to do what his father could not: help the struggling domestic economy.

'Patriot II' ushers in new era of 'Ashcroftism'
Arcata, in granola country, was the first city to pass a law forbidding its denizens to comply with the Patriot Act. But it's not just Birkenstock towns voicing objections to John Ashcroft's law in legislative form.

Iraqi protests, organized idiocy sign of healthy democracy
How do you reconcile the Iraqis viewing the Coalition as liberators, and then asking us to leave? Simple. It's the freedom. Iraqi citizens can speak their minds without fear of being crushed by an evil regime.

Editorial: Our college town finally complete with art center
Since ASU President Michael Crow's arrival, it seems like talks of biotechnology, bio-design and even the Biosphere have overshadowed the arts. But Tempe is trying to put some art back in our college town.

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

Mosquitoes, West Nile could wreak havoc on Phoenix area
The West Nile Virus may soon be an expected but uninvited guest in Arizona. The landscaped urban environment of the Phoenix area makes it an oasis in the state where disease-carrying mosquitoes can thrive.

Devil Dish: Don't suspend Batista for Martinez's attack
I lost a great deal of respect for St. Louis' Tino Martinez Sunday. Martinez was jogging back to the Cardinals dugout and in mid-stride turned and charged Miguel Batista while his back was turned.

Baseball: Devils stave off series sweep by Bruins
The Devils looked a sweep in the eyes Saturday, pounding out 21 hits in a 17-1 thumping of UCLA. The win stopped what would have been the first time ASU was swept at home by a conference opponent since 1997.

M Golf: Spaniard carries team through spring schedule
No other member of ASU's men's golf team has a similar background to freshman Alejandro Canizares. Raised in the coastal town of Manilva, Malaga in southern Spain, Canizares has golf streaming in his veins.

Opinion: April is the greatest sports month of the year
April is the greatest month of the year, and this April is one of the best we've had in a long time. It's really a shame that the weather has to be so nice. I hope all of the people that aren't sports fans are enjoying it.

W Tennis: Wildcats dunk ASU
It was an emotional day for the ASU women's tennis team Saturday, not only because of the loss against rival UA, but also because it was the last home match for some players. The Devils lost 4-3 in a drawn-out match.

M Tennis: ASU hopes to learn from loss to rival Wildcats
The ASU men's tennis team is using a loss against the Wildcats as a way to get ready for postseason matches. ASU took a hard 5-2 fall to UA, but head coach Lou Belken said he feels that the match wasn't a loss at all.

Water Polo: Kolan scores 5 as Devils go 1-2 at invite
The ASU water polo team lost two of its three games at the Sun Devil Invitational, but the one win was the one that mattered. They earned their 20th victory of the season and doubled last year's win count.

Softball: Wildcats sweep Sun Devils in Tucson
TUCSON, AZ - The weekend resulted in a pair of losses, but the ASU softball team can take solace in the fact that it could look its nemesis in the eye before heading back up Interstate-10 on the road home.

Football: QB Walter shines in annual spring game
ASU junior quarterback Andrew Walter was tossed a bone by the coaching staff on Saturday and was told to show off his rocket arm that allowed him throw for a school-record 3,877 yards last season.

Police Beat: Thrown butter leaves hole, spills on woman
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man arrested for allegedly throwing a large butter container at a pantry door, creating a fist-sized hole and spilling butter on a woman and the floor.

Center for arts breaks ground
The city will begin preparation today to build a landmark center for the arts where a landfill now stands.

In May 2000, Tempe residents voted to approve a one-tenth of a cent sales tax to pay for the $63 million Tempe Center for the Arts.

The center will host local performance groups like the Tempe Little Theater, the Tempe Symphony, the Arizona Academy for Performing Arts and the Desert Dance Theater.

ASU arts donor Herberger dies
At 91 years old, University donor and generous patron of local arts Katherine K. Herberger passed away on Saturday from stroke-related complications.

Over the past 50 years, Herberger donated millions to area schools, museums and hospitals. A $12 million donation to the College of Fine Arts was the largest single gift made to ASU.

Muslim student says FBI raided his apartment
ASU senior Hassan Alrefae, Muslim Students Association president, says he and his three roommates woke up early the morning of April 15 to more than a dozen FBI agents shouting and banging on their door.

Peterson pleads not guilty to killing wife, unborn baby
The next stage of the Laci Peterson case surged forward on Monday as the once-missing Modesto woman's husband pleaded not guilty to killing his wife and their unborn son and dumping them in the icy waters of the San Francisco Bay.

Looters in Tikrit killed after opening fire on U.S. troops
At least 12 Iraqis looting ammunition from a military complex in northern Tikrit were killed late Sunday and early Monday in a confrontation with soldiers of Fort Hood's 4th Infantry Division.

Gamers to test new video games on Palo Verde Beach
The "2003 College Game Life Tour" will set up 50 screens on Palo Verde Beach today to give video gamers a chance to preview some new games. The 13-stop tour features products from big game publishers.

Honing In: Oil, strong heart make every day 'fry-day'
I found a hip way to prepare a holiday banquet: the Euro Pro Electronic Deep Fryer. A trip to the store and a few jugs of vegetable oil later, my usually somber Good Friday turned into amazing "Deep Fry-day."

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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