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Santorum a good senator who made a dumb speech
Regardless of Sen. Rick Santorum's moral views toward homosexuality, he has to acknowledge that any use served by "sodomy" laws is far outweighed by their impracticality. How do we enforce such laws?

Migration to libertarian state may solve big government
Espousers of civil liberties are increasingly finding their voices falling upon deaf ears. One group has an interesting - albeit radical - solution: move 20,000 like-minded individuals into a state with a low population.

Editorial: Cardinals dog Suggs and ASU community
T-Sizzle (aka Terrell Suggs) wanted to be a Cardinal, the fans wanted it and the Cardinals needed it. The Cardinals were faced with a monster they had never battled: a player who actually wanted to play for them.

Beyond Mill: Shot glasses at prom send mixed message
One high school was participating in a program to urge teens not to drink on prom night. But that didn't stop the school from handing out commemorative beer mugs and shot glasses to every boy at the prom.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

ASU tennis finds mixed results
The ASU men and women's tennis teams spent the weekend at the individual Pac-10 Championships in California, where the men faired a bit better than the ladies and a pair of juniors nearly made the finals.

Baseball: Pitching lifts Sun Devils in Pac-10
During an offensive outburst over the weekend, the stellar work by the ASU pitching staff could be easily overlooked. But ASU eclipsed a stellar weekend against California by allowing fewer runs to the Cougars.

Devil Dish: Refs let veterans off too easy in playoffs
What's the deal all the veterans never receiving any fouls in the NBA playoffs? Every time the Suns' Amare Stoudemire would come close to the Spurs' David Robinson, the refs would whistle him for the foul.

Opinion: Salvatore's (blundering) picks for '03
The ASU baseball team will win the 2003 College World Series. Pitching might win championships, but offense is the name of the game in college baseball, and ASU is outscoring their opponents by an average of 10-4.

Police Beat: Man scalded by hot McDonald's coffee
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man who allegedly threw down a cup of coffee, causing it to splash and scald a man. The man said he was tripped, but others allege it was intentional.

Technology helps blind students
Blind and visually impaired ASU students may soon be able to pick up any book and read it.

Mike Rush, a computer science graduate student, said he and several other ASU students and researchers are developing the iCare Reader - a workstation that recognizes words on a page and then reads them to the user.

2 ASASU election results invalid
The appointment of two student government senators was unanimously deemed null and void Monday by a student supreme court.

During the ASASU runoff election in early April, Colin Peterson and Bradley Cederburg were voted to be two of the four student senators for the W.P. Carey School of Business. However, the five-member court found that their elections were invalid because they failed to fill out the necessary paperwork.

Religious studies doctorate program is new ASU addition
TUCSON - The Arizona Board of Regents approved a new ASU religious studies doctoral program and established the Institute for Computing and Information Science and Engineering on Friday.

Recording industry threats echo at ASU
A mass e-mail sent to ASU students, warning of the consequences of copyright violations, was intended to make users of resources think twice before downloading or sharing copyrighted material over the Internet.

Plus/minus may be amended
The ASU Academic Senate will stir up the alphabet soup of plus/minus grading on May 5 by considering motions for A-plus, C-plus, C-minus and D-plus additions to the current grading scale proposal.

Apple unveils online paid music service, new iPods
Apple Computer on Monday took the wraps off a digital music effort that chief executive Steve Jobs thinks could make the company the leader in integrating digital technology and entertainment.

Apple showed off its iTunes Music Store - one of the worst-kept secrets in high tech. It's part of the latest version of iTunes CD-burning and music-playing software. Jobs said Apple had worked out a deal with the five largest music companies to offer 200,000 songs for download at 99 cents apiece.

D-Backs' Dessens leads team to take pair from Marlins
The Marlins could hardly blame a throbbing hangover from Sunday's 20-inning ordeal for Monday's 7-1 loss at Arizona. The Diamondbacks played a pair of nine-inning games at New York on Sunday before making a cross-country journey much like the one demanded of the Marlins.

WHO criticizes China's SARS epidemic secretiveness
World Health Organization investigators said Monday that they remain in the dark about the potential scope of the spiraling epidemic in the capital because China's health authorities failed to follow their advice to create an adequate tracking system.

Democratic government the goal in Iraq, Bush says
President Bush told Iraqi-Americans here Monday the United States would stand for nothing short of a flourishing democratic government in Iraq as he criticized those who opposed the war and inched closer to delivering an ultimate declaration of victory.

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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