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Editorial: Brother Jed, free speech a dying breed
As irritating as Brother Jed's regular visits are, we consider him a staple here. But schools like the University of Texas at El Paso and San Diego State University are doing their part to rain hellfire on the likes of Jed.

It's time to vote with our dollars, take our music back
I love to listen to music, but it seems I won't be listening with the convenience I've always had. Linkin Park's "Reanimation" includes "copy protection," preventing a computer from playing or storing the songs.

Beyond Mill: Gingrich too foolish to be ignored
Newt Gingrich's recent tirade against Colin Powell may be a symptom of a vendetta within the Bush administration. Powell will go to Damascus not to play the wimp, but to make Syria an offer it won't be able to refuse.

Bare breasts get old but 'The Real Cancun' stays fresh
I can honestly say that I enjoyed this rowdy romp called "The Real Cancun." Although I likely lost a few points off my intelligence quotient (read: IQ) without the use of any sort of controlled substance during the film, I doubt that I have enjoyed a film this much, or laughed so hard, in a long time.

Pagans endure stereotypes, try to educate ignorant
Members of the Pagans and Associates Network are accustomed to getting strange looks when they meet every other week at Borders Bookstore in Tempe. And why wouldn't they?

One of them has green hair, most wear all black and their typical conversations center around spells, Wicca, and Beltaine.

CD Review: Systematic's "Pleasure to Burn" a copycat
While tribute bands are a way of life in the elevator music world, when a band devotes their entire album to cheap rip-offs, it is never good. That is what Systematic has done with, "Pleasure to Burnstolen," their new CD featuring stolen Metallica riffs and poorly written lyrics.

Book Review: 'Everybody Loves Ramen' pricey, helpful
For those looking for that perfect high school graduation or college gift, the book Everybody Loves Ramen by Eric Hines is perfect.

It features easy-to-follow recipes centering on Top Ramen noodles. However, some sound absolutely disgusting, like Chili Fish Ramen...ick.

'Simpsons' visit dude ranch in forgettable episode
Sunday's episode was funny, especially when the audience sees Maggie dance to Britney Spears' song "Oops, I Did It Again." Also notable was the guest appearance by Byrne, who lampooned himself rather nicely.

Baseball: Sun Devil offense puts on show vs. Cougars
A run-scoring fiesta took place at Packard Stadium over the weekend, but WSU wasn't invited to the party. The No. 5 Sun Devils put up 51 runs over a three-game series sweep, while the Cougars mustered just three.

M Golf: Devils travel to Glendale, Calif. for Pac-10's
No. 11 ASU has picked a good time to play its best golf of the season. After a tournament win as host of the Thunderbird Invitational, the men will meet the rest of the conference at the Pac-10 championship.

Softball: Oregon schools take three from Sun Devils
The brooms were out again as the ASU softball team spent a weekend with the Oregon schools. Only this time it was the Sun Devils who were cleaned up. ASU suffered a setback as it lost three straight games.

Gymnastics: Seniors say ASU will be better in 2003-04
The ASU gymnastics team ended its season at the NCAA championships and will also lose three of its members to graduation. The ASU seniors ended their season at the national meet and left with mixed emotions.

Brief: Women's golf takes fifth at Pac-10 championship
Senior Blair O'Neal finished in fourth at the Pac-10 conference championship while ASU took fifth. The Sun Devils shot a team score of 915 to take fifth place behind UCLA, USC, UA and California.

Devil Dish: Cardinals chose unknowns over Suggs
Wow! Bryant Johnson and Calvin Pace are great first round draft picks by the Arizona Cardinals. I don't think there were any better choices. Never mind the fact that I had heard nothing about them during the season.

A space for speech
When the United States launched a military attack on Iraq in March, it also sparked a large-scale war at home - over free speech.

Public university officials, including those at ASU, are enforcing regulations restricting where students can exercise free speech, and some student demonstrators think that these regulations abridge First Amendment rights.

The policies created free speech zones - designated areas where students can demonstrate on campus. The zones range at different universities from preferred areas to locations limiting the number of students who demonstrate, the length of time at which they demonstrate and the manner in which they demonstrate.

Regents OK new admission policy
TUCSON - The Arizona Board of Regents granted ASU, NAU and UA permission on Friday to set tougher and differentiated admission standards for prospective freshmen.

The new Regents policy will restrict automatic entry to in-state students in the top 25 percent of a senior class, providing they have completed all "core academic courses" such as math, science and English.

Regents approve Brickyard lease
TUCSON - The Arizona Board of Regents unanimously approved an ASU lease agreement with the Brickyard on Mill that will lead to the relocation of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

The department will occupy about 130,000 square feet of space. More than 34,000 square feet will be used for research labs, with faculty offices and classrooms receiving a combined total of 51 million square feet.

Arizona sweeps doubleheader against error-prone Mets
In just under six hours of baseball, the Mets destroyed the confidence borne from winning their previous three series. The Diamondbacks swept a doubleheader at Shea, 6-1 and 7-3, but even the best night's sleep won't erase the facts: The Mets beat themselves Sunday. Twice.

Army begins testing on barrels of suspected nerve agents
Dozens of Army chemical weapons experts descended on a munitions site Sunday to conduct more tests on barrels of suspected nerve and blister agents amid mounting evidence that the site could be the first confirmed chemical weapons cache in Iraq.

Further tests should determine in one to three days whether the barrels contain the chemicals needed for weapons of mass destruction.

Bomblets a horrific, fatal legacy of U.S. attacks on Baghdad
On the floor of the windowless hut where her family lives, 12-year-old Montaha Ali suffered in silence Sunday.

Her brown eyes were watchful, but she did not have the strength to shoo away the swarm of flies attacking the freshly bandaged wound on her chest.

In a decrepit hospital a few miles away, her brother Hamza, 8, clung to life as blood seeped from shrapnel wounds to his skull and eye.

Toronto frustrated as SARS keeps tourists away
Every cough attracted a sideways glance, and no one wanted to shake a stranger's hand. At the Chinatown Centre mall, some customers wore surgical masks. Others used tissues to open doors. Large bottles of hand sanitizer sat within cashiers' reach.

Business at the mall has been bad for weeks, ever since Toronto became one of the world's hot spots for SARS.

Student media duke it out on the court for 'Blazeketball'
Student media organizations from three Arizona universities hooped it up Saturday in the first ever "Blazeketball" tournament. Organized by the Blaze 1260 AM, the proceeds went to the East Valley Child Crisis Center.

Honing In: Charity event brings out pride, thirst for blood
Trash talk, technical fouls and fights. And it was all for charity. When I laced up my 1995 Nike Airs and hit the floor for Blazeketball, I knew it was going to be more than just an informal, fun basketball tournament.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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