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Women advertisers give Miller Lite 'Catfight' ugly award
Remember the Miller Lite catfight ad in which the blonde and the brunette tear off each other's clothes in a cement pit? When promoters of gratuitous sex and violence satirize themselves, who could take offense?

Schools don't 'AIM' to educate
Perhaps children should have a day to take their parents to school. What might parents expect to find? Would they find their children engaging in stimulating class activities? No, kids would be studying for the AIMS test.

'Gifted students' drain cash from Tempe schools
In one of its recent blunders, the Tempe Union High School District screwed hard-working teachers and the rest of the district by deciding to continue funding the Peggy Payne Academy for higher learning.

Editorial: ASU caters to music industry before students
All students received an e-mail last week stating that anyone on campus caught pirating music can be suspended or expelled from school. A bit of a jump from turning off an Internet connection, don't you think?

Reality TV Roundup: Porn music blares, Alex off 'Survivor'
Although it was likely the last thing anyone was thinking of in the show, porn music was playing during an auction. The most important item the contestants win is a letter from family members; Jenna's mother has cancer.

Future of Tempe lies in mixed-use development, infill
Two people showed up at a public review meeting for Tempe's General Plan 2030: one planner and one citizen. The meeting, held at ASU, was one of several to inform the public about an election for the general plan.

'Identity' best film of year with shocking twists, actors
Identity is the best film of 2003. It's a slam-bang horror film, psychological thriller and murder-mystery rolled into one. In the quick 90 minutes it takes to watch this movie, you'll laugh, gasp and scream. When the end credits roll, your mouth will be wide open at the incredibly shocking final twist.

Video Game Review: Feel the beat of Sony's Amplitude
Two years after Sony made us all wish we were DJs with Frequency, the company unleashed Amplitude on the music-game playing population last month. This game is far and beyond better than what Frequency ever thought it could be.

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.

W Golf: ASU looks to return to form at Pac-10 tourney
Once the dominant golf program in the Pac-10, the ASU women's golf team will be looking for its first conference title since 1996 as the Pac-10 championship tournament begins today in Corvallis, Ore.

Devil Dish: Gretzky not the almighty messiah of hockey
The Phoenix Coyotes have missed the NHL playoffs and nobody seems to care. People are petrified to criticize managing partner Wayne Gretzky, who has done nothing as the team's owner but set the Coyotes behind.

Tennis squads head to California for Pac-10s
The men's and women's tennis tournaments start today and continue through Sunday in Ojai, Calif. Both teams said they see the Pac-10 tournament, not considered a team tournament, as an easier test.

Gymnastics: ASU's next step is NCAA championships
It's the last chance for the ASU gymnastics team to show everyone what it has been working for as it competes in the NCAA gymnastics championships today. Preliminaries start today and run until Saturday.

Baseball: MacKenzie provides lone spark for hapless WSU
The Cougars (13-26, 4-8 Pac-10) come to Tempe this weekend in search of their first three-game winning streak of the season. Their task at hand will come with a large tag though, the No. 5 Sun Devils.

Softball: Sun Devils fall short again vs. Wildcats
If you play the No. 1 team down to the wire and lose by a blooper in the seventh inning, you should feel good about yourself. The loss ended up stinging nonetheless for the No. 11 ASU because it came from rival UA.

Students consider SRC expansion
ASU students may soon be working out in a whole new way.

After hearing scores of student complaints and comparing the Student Recreation Complex's facilities with those of other universities, the SRC and ASASU are considering expanding or renovating the center within the next year or two.

Police Beat: Man gropes woman next to him on bus
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a Phoenix man was arrested after he reportedly groped a woman he was sitting next to on an ASU shuttle bus traveling east on Interstate 202.

Attorney General special counsel to receive ASU honors
The College of Public Programs will give James P. Walsh the distinguished achievement award tonight. Walsh will be honored for his contributions to the School of Justice Studies and the community.

Conservative analyst Ann Coulter speaks to students
Conservative political analyst Ann Coulter, brought to the University as a guest of student government, called liberals "traitors" in front of a packed room of students in the Memorial Union on Wednesday.

Students may now be expelled for Internet piracy
Illegal downloading on ASU computers may now result in expulsion, due to pressure from the entertainment industries. ASU IT officials sent a warning of the potential punishments to all campus e-mail accounts.

Man run froms police, arrest
After a 30-minute standoff Tuesday, police captured the Phoenix man they believe shot a man in a March 17 burglary.

Tempe police Sgt. Dan Masters said an anonymous tip led officers to Ryan J. Grant, 31. Officers learned that Grant was staying at the Courtyard by Marriott, located at 2621 S. 47th St. in Phoenix, just west of Tempe.

Miami a Super Bowl lock
Miami is now the only city pursuing the 2007 Super Bowl, and a top NFL official said Monday there's "no doubt'' about the game coming to Pro Player Stadium, pending anticipated approval by NFL owners next month.

Microsoft seeking to buy Sega
Microsoft tends to look outside Redmond, Wash., to beef up its Xbox game titles, and has snapped up some rising game developers over the past several years.

Now, Japanese game maker Sega is entertaining offers from corporate suitors, and Microsoft is thought to be one of the interested parties. Japan's Yomiuri newspaper this week reported that Microsoft has approached Sega about buying a stake in the company.

Shiites call on U.S. troops to leave amid celebrations
Marking one of the most important Shiite holy days in this ancient city for the first time in more than 30 years, exultant Shiite pilgrims Tuesday called on U.S. forces to leave Iraq.

Some men drew blood from their foreheads with swords, others pounded their chests with their fists and many wept openly in grief as the huge crowds worked themselves into a frenzy of sorrow over the death of their martyred leader, Imam Hussein, at the battle of Karbala in 680 A.D.

Panic over SARS grips Beijing
Judging from the frenzy at some of the city's big supermarkets Wednesday, Beijing is in the throes of a major SARS scare.

Disinfectant disappeared, and noodles, rice and bread were nearly stripped from the shelves by 6 p.m. at the Ito-Yokado store, snatched up by a horde of intense shoppers nervous about the impact on Beijing of a rising toll of victims from the epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome.

The Donnas to headline concert
Bad girl band The Donnas will rock out tonight at Sahuaro field as part of the College Television Network's "2003 Music Binge Tour."

Pop-punk band Ok Go will open for The Donnas as part of the CTN tour, and local band Ticker Tape Parade was also invited to the event by ASASU.

Prescribing percussion
The cowbell is one of the many percussion instruments that the ASU music performance senior has mastered during his four years in the program. For two years he was the drum set player for the Charles River Project, a band that played a lot around the ASU community. The band dissolved over time, but Gerwitz says he still meets people every once in a while who remember him from the performances.

Gerwitz has also been a member of the ASU Pan Devils for two and a half years, a steel pan band that represents ASU at various concerts around Arizona. Next Friday the Pan Devils will perform at ASU's Katzin Concert Hall.

Last Friday Gerwitz patiently explained to SPM the difference between a percussionist and a drummer, the humor behind cowbells, and the beauty of the Babaloo.

Helping Einstein: SOS art show at Einstein's Brothers
Once upon a time, [in 2002] the Einstein Brother's Bagels in the Memorial Union was an art gallery. The same space where students flock daily for their noon carbohydrates rush was once a quiet hamlet of paintings, sculpture, and sometimes a little decent piano music. As someone who spent a lot of time hanging out in the old gallery, Daniel Braha, was taken by surprise the first time he saw the change.

Confidence interval
Edward Burns has a lot of confidence that his new movie will entertain the hell out of audiences.

Burns, who was in town recently screening Confidence at the Phoenix Film Festival, alternates between writing and directing his own movies [The Brothers McMullen, She's the One] and acting in other directors' movies [Saving Private Ryan, Life or Something Like it]. For Confidence [directed by James Foley] Burns is on board as an actor only, but declares that making the movie was his most enjoyable professional experience to date and is thrilled by how good it is.

Four guys and a girl
Saddle Creek Records is the kind of label every town wishes it had. It's small, the bands have unlimited freedom to put out whatever they want, and the 12 signed acts have a devoted following in the area.

Before 1993, Saddle Creek Records was just an idea in Rob Nansel's head. Today, the Omaha, Neb.-based indie-rock label [which only signs "people they know" according to Nansel on the Saddle Creek Web site] has taken Nebraska's thriving local scene to a new level and taken rockers Cursive along for the ride.

Meant for Musicians
Some say rock 'n' roll is dead. Others throw the whole local Tempe music scene in a box, bury it in sand and throw poppies on its grave. Though a few recent Valley nightclub failures are discouraging, there are some people who aren't giving up so easily.

In late January, Lori Grimwood and Stephan Germanaud opened the Scottsdale restaurant, bar, and rock music venue Static, at 7373 Scottsdale Mall. With her background in bartending, Grimwood says she wanted to give locals a comfortable hangout where they could hear music not prevalent in the current Valley scene.

Rewriting history
The year is 1903. A teenage Mexican boy faces a daunting life decision: Stay in Mexico and endure an uncertain future bursting with economic struggles, or leave his country, his family, his culture and perhaps even his identity and migrate to the United States.

His is a decision hundreds of thousands of Mexican citizens have faced for more than 100 years. While much of America's late-1800s and early-1900s migration history is dominated by stories of European immigrants and Ellis Island, Theresa Chavez and a host of other artists want to tell another side of the massive migration to America: the Latino side.

Reality vs. reality
I'm ashamed to admit it, but I used to watch The Real World. I blame it on adolescence and ignorance of decent television. I wanted to be these people who lived in fancy houses and did adventurous things. It was a cool show.

This was also before the wave of reality TV shows, so I hadn't been bogged down with this type of entertainment. American Idol, Joe Millionaire, Bachlorette, and the newest one to hit network television, Mr. Personality were only a twinkle in NBC and FOX producers' eyes when MTV introduced reality TV to me.

'The Real Cancun'
It's hard to tell whether ASU's newest stars of the big screen -- Sarah Wilkins, Matt Slenske and Jeremy Jazwinski -- actually enjoy one another's company, or if it's just part of the public relations machine that is motion picture promotion. On a recent Tuesday afternoon, three of the first 16 victims of reality filmmaking, sip on margaritas and lime-corked bottles of Corona at Scottsdale's Dos Gringos, to tell the true [TRUE!] story of what happens when Spring Breakers stop being sober and start getting naked in The Real Cancun.

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