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Despite reports, racism has a friend in the left wing
Bill Clinton dressed up in an Afro wig and strutted around a Martha's Vineyard party. Most papers succumbed to White House pressure not to print the photo, but this courtesy is not extended to conservatives.

Say goodbye to tenure, free thought under Michael Crow
Michael Crow is "der über-president," single-handedly seizing the reins of ASU and dragging it kicking and screaming into the future. But since his arrival, the number of tenure cases being deferred has increased.

Teacher evaluations get an F
Teacher evaluations started as early as last Monday and are filled with the traditional, same old boring questions. There still exists a lack of material to really measure a faculty member's abilities in the classroom.

Editorial: Biotechnology is ASU's future, but what is it?
What is Biodesign? We hear about it everywhere, but its description is cryptic. Unless your field is nanotechnology or biotechnology, you are probably left with images of "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" in your head.

Mall Rants: Cheating
ASU students rant about the new cheating policy.

Internet café opens near Mill
Black-lit murals and contemporary art collide with coffee and computer monitors inside one of Tempe's newest entertainment destinations.

At ejoy café, gamers can use the computers' Local Area Network (LAN) and T-1 high-speed Internet connections to connect with other players around the country.

Jenna and Heidi's incessant whining detracts from 'Survivor'
The incessant complaining of Jenna and Heidi is really ticking me off. Don't they know that this game is about betraying people? The first winner of this show, Richard Hatch, was a complete jerk to the others.

Video Game Review: 'MVP Baseball 2003' hits a home run
EA Sports effectively skipped its spot in the rotation of baseball video games in 2002 by churning out a mediocre edition of its long-running Triple Play series. But while 3DO's High Heat Baseball and Acclaim's All Star Baseball series were pinch-hitting for EA's spot in the order, MVP Baseball 2003 - graphically, the best baseball game to date - was lurking in the on-deck circle.

Clichés aside, the newly-released MVP is a sharp, engaging and awe-inspiring creation surely to make the wish list of any sports video game junkie, and EA once again the king of the genre.

'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.

Devil Dish: Wild night shouldn't cost coach his job
Larry Eustachy, Iowa State's basketball coach, is in the hot seat after he admitted to kissing college co-eds at a party after his team lost at Missouri and Kansas State. His job should not be at stake over this.

M Golf: Sun Devils take fifth after 3 rounds
The UCLA men's golf team isn't treating ASU or the rest of the visiting teams to the Pac-10 Championships that nicely. The Bruins stand at 1-over par. ASU currently sits in fifth place at 39 over par as a team.

Baseball: Devils travel for one-game series vs. Sooners
In a long season full of changing trends, the ASU baseball team will have its first of two opportunities today against non-conference opponents to work out kinks in their armor when they play Oklahoma and UC Irvine.

Hump Day Hoopla: Fans need to support ASU baseball
With all the history and tradition surrounding ASU's baseball program, it's hard to understand the lack of support students give it. Baseball is not the most exciting sport in the world, but it's still America's pastime.

The year's best Sun Devil sports photos
Some of the best sports photos by The State Press photo staff.

ASU launches into future with biodesign
ASU President Michael Crow introduced George Poste, the head of the Arizona Biodesign Institute, as a "technological Zen master," during the $69 million facility's groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday.

Police Beat: Man fires two shots into ground during fight
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a 53-year-old Tempe man arrested on the charge of disorderly conduct. The man allegedly fired two shots into the ground with his shotgun during a fight.

Soldiers' families may get waivers
Immediate family members of soldiers killed in combat could get tuition waivers for state universities.

The Arizona Board of Regents heard an amendment Thursday that would provide waivers to the children and spouses of Arizona military personnel killed in combat and to severely disabled combat survivors.

ASU recognized for catering to Hispanic population
Since 1990, the percentage of Hispanics students at ASU has nearly doubled. Programs and resources geared specifically toward the Hispanic community recently landed ASU as the No. 20 school for Hispanics.

Students market Honda hybrids
Twenty ASU honors marketing students presented their marketing plan for the car-truck hybrid Honda Element to advertising executives Tuesday as part of a 28-university contest.

The top two schools will face off at the Honda headquarters in Torrance, Calif., in June, with the winning team receiving a $5,000 scholarship.

Suicide bomb kills four
Hours after Palestinians approved a new prime minister Tuesday, raising hopes for renewed Mideast peace negotiations, a suicide bomber set off a massive explosion in a Tel Aviv cafe, killing himself and at least three others and wounding 50, one of them critically and eight seriously.

U.S. troops kill at least 13 Iraqis, wound 75 at protest
At least 13 Iraqis were shot to death and up to 75 were wounded during a demonstration late Monday that turned into a confrontation with American forces, the deadliest clash between civilians and U.S. forces since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.

Bush calls on Congress to pass his global AIDS initiative
Calling it a "moral imperative," President Bush on Tuesday called on Congress to quickly pass his global AIDS initiative, a $15 billion effort to stem the spread of the deadly virus that afflicts 42 million people worldwide.

Internet sites playing a bigger role in showing music videos
The playing field began to tilt two years ago. Along with Yahoo's similarly themed Web site, Launch, AOL Music has become a significant player in the music industry.

Phoenix' season close to late Sun-set after Game 5 loss
The Suns have pulled off two miracles to give themselves a prayerful chance in their challenge of the NBA's No. 1 team in the playoffs.

The trouble is, they'll need two more. And the supply may have run out.

Bush to declare end of major military operations in Iraq
President Bush will address the nation from the deck of a homebound aircraft carrier Thursday night to declare an end to major military operations in Iraq, but he will stop short of declaring victory or setting a deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

'Road Map' for peace presented to Israel, Palestinians
After months of delays, a blueprint for Middle East peace was formally presented to Israel and the Palestinians on Wednesday, a plan to end 31 months of violence and resume negotiations leading to a comprehensive agreement and a Palestinian state in 2005.

Students prove science, theater work hand in hand
A group of ASU science and theater students will try to prove that science and art do not exist in a vacuum, galaxies apart. Students in a Biology and Society class wrote the play "Is Science Losing Weight?"

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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