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Arredondo: City in the dark about homecoming FestDevil
ASU has said it wants to involve the community in this year's homecoming festivities, but a Tempe councilman said he has been frustrated by a lack of information coming from the University regarding the event.

For the first time in ASU's history, homecoming is being jointly planned with the city via Tempe's Community, Schools and Higher Education Partnership.

Police Beat: Dude, where's my bike and computer monitors?
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including two flat screen computer monitors that were reportedly stolen from the Student Health Center and concealed inside garbage cans at a loss of $2,000.

Bandersnatch has one last game day
Sunday was like any other at Tempe's Bandersnatch Brew Pub, except that it was the last for owners Joe and Addie Mocca.

The Moccas said goodbye to hundreds of loyal Bandersnatch customers and football fans, while several former employees flew into Tempe to work one last time for the Moccas.

Construction to start on new frat housing
The construction of the Adelphi II fraternity complex is nearly underway, but ASU fraternity members said they have mixed feelings about the new housing option.

The Adelphi II project will be built on Sunset Drive, next door to the Adelphi Commons, which houses 10 ASU sororities. There will be room for six of ASU's 16 national fraternities in the Adelphi II buildings.

Survey: Students drive while on drugs
One in five 21-year-olds said they drove under the influence of illegal drugs in 2002, according to a national survey.

In the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released last week, college students reported the highest rate of driving under the influence of illegal drugs.

ASU astronomy professor featured in 'Nova' documentary
About 10 ASU students and one professor were filmed on Hayden Lawn Friday for a documentary scheduled for release in fall 2004. A film crew from "Nova" was shooting a four-segment show focusing on origins.

Emmy awards feature usual voting patterns, poor comedy
You would expect Sunday night's 55th Annual Emmy Awards to be funnier than usual because of its 11 hilarious co-hosts. But that's as fruitless an expectation as hoping that the awards would be given to the shows that deserve them.

Playing with fire
At about 9 p.m. on most evenings, you can find Steven Wang swinging his fire fingers in the air, creating six flames that resemble huge fireflies. When combined, these flames can create a massive-looking firebomb.

Off the Beat: Claw lovers anonymous
The claw goes by many names. Names like "Plush Palace" and "Plush Bus" flash across the tops of the machines in brilliant arcade lights. Some play carnival music and campy sound effects depending on whether you win or lose. They all have the same set of rules. You must position and lower the claw within the time limit or else it will lower itself.

Don't I know you: Rootin' for the home team
Seriously guys, this guy's last name is Root. It's as if he was practically ordained by the guys of irony into being a world-class sports fan. Phil Root has probably incited more waves and been featured on the Jumbo-Tron more times than the whole college of education combined. If you've ever been to an ASU football, baseball, or basketball game you've probably seen Phil. He used to sport a multi-colored Mohawk, but recently cut it off because not only is he doing observation for his secondary education degree, but he is also assistant coaching for Chandler High School's junior varsity football team.

Dying for dinner theatre
Even though I would label myself as an avid patron of the theatre, my experiences, from seeing "The Lion King" on Broadway to watching a high school performance of "Kiss Me Kate," had never included an interactive experience. In fact, before attending "Murder at the Milford's," the only knowledge I had about interactive theatre came from an episode of "Saved by the Bell." So when I heard about "Murder at the Milford's" playing at Monti's, I was ready to strap on my Sherlock cap and astound everyone by solving the mystery of Lord Maynard Milford's (Michael Liddy) death.

'Cold Creek' blather
"Do you know what you're getting yourself into?" says Dale, as he looks forebodingly into the camera. If only I knew! I would have refused to do this movie review and begged my editors to send me out on another story far, far away from Cold Creek Manor.

CD Review: Bubba Sparxxx's 'Deliverance'
Bubba Sparxxx is doing his "hillbilly dance," and he really wants you to enjoy it. Really enjoy it. Nearly each track on Sparxxx's LP, Deliverance, includes some sort of southern melody mixed in with

the beat. "Jimmy Mathis" loops a harmonica melody while Sparxxx spits out rhymes, including the one about the hillbilly dance.

CD Review: Nicholas Payton's 'Sonic Trance'
On Nicholas Payton's seventh full-length album, Sonic Trance, the jazz trumpeter shifts from a more traditional style of jazz to a slightly techno/acid-jazz/free jazz form that plays off with surprising results.

Singing no praise
Lucky for you, the beautifully Bootylicious Beyonce Knowles gets to do the crooning in MTV's latest musical film, The Fighting Temptations. The soulful musical from director Johnathan Lynn (The Whole Nine Yards) and writer of The Wood starts when Darrin Fox (Cuba Gooding Jr.), an advertising executive with an honesty problem, is summoned back to his hometown in Georgia when a wealthy aunt dies with a large inheritance. In order to get the booty, smooth-talking Darrin must form a successful gospel choir out of a cocktail of churchgoers who can hardly carry a tune, and especially don't want to work together. It seems only a Destiny's Child could save his chances.

CD Review: My Morning Jacket's 'It Still Moves'
My Morning Jacket is the band that indie rock fans have been waiting for

years to hear. Combining Wilco-like qualities and Uncle Tupelo alt-country sounds, along with lead singer Jim James dead-on in-key vocals, this is one of the best LPs of the year.

Wiener love
Though she's openly been a lesbian for 20 years, Laurel Johnson can't stop loving wieners. "I always say my parent's plane crashed in the Black Forest of Germany, and I was pulled from the wreckage by a pack of wieners, and they raised me as their own," says local artist Laurel Johnson who owns three dachshunds.

Of course, that's not quite the truth. In reality, Johnson always had wiener dogs growing up in the Valley, and though she's since had bigger dogs-a Great Dane and a Doberman-she can't shake her love of wieners. With no intentions of being a mother any time soon, Johnson loves her dogs like family. Thanks to their comical shape and quirky personalities, they've become the stars of her latest drawings.

ASU Homegrown
The story of the Modified Pulse is a familiar one to us on this campus. The four members of the local band all go to ASU, and like many students here, had moved from different parts of the state and wound up becoming friends.

Opinion: Supporting passions
Everyone has a passion. Some of you may not know it yet, but it's true. Everyone has that one thing that they love to do and would rather do than anything else...even if they suck at it or don't have any support.

Headlines grant unwarranted power to cheap vandalism
Hopefully, upon hearing that a swastika was spray-painted on the door of the Islamic Cultural Center, we can unanimously agree not to tolerate these things. But there is harm in blowing the graffiti out of proportion.

Army, FBI misconstrue Muslim chaplain's sympathy
The Army and the FBI have detained a Muslim chaplain who ministered to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. Apprehending a chaplain for playing his role and showing sympathy to his parishioners is going too far.

'Condom fatigue' shows AIDS prevention needs attention
In two new studies this month, researchers found that more people in the United States are engaging in unsafe sex these days, under the mistaken belief that newer medications make HIV infection easily treatable.

Editorial: Battling the deep-fried gluttony of 'the Bulge'
Obesity is a serious national health epidemic. But to foist such a serious problem into the laps of fast food corporations and dismiss personal responsibility and self-control is a self-defeating exercise in silliness.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A comic strip by Joseph Bowen.

Bill the Onion
A comic strip by Mike Murphy.

On the Web: LiveJournal
A Web site melding e-mail, guestbooks and instant messaging together, LiveJournal has been an online repository for the thoughts of millions since March of 1999. If you don't have one yourself, you might just know a user.

Motivational team's message comes from experience
ASU graduate and motivational speaker Jonathan Couvdos, along with professional disc jockey Steve Simonis, has been teaching kids to "flip it'" since the pair formed the Positive Focus Program three years ago.

The Positive Focus Program is a nonprofit organization that aims to arm junior and high school students with positive mindsets in order to be productive in the school community. Couvdos, who said he struggled with negative pressures around him as a teenager, originally created the program while he was still a college student at ASU.

Beyond Broadway: 'Carmen Funebre' moving, 'disturbing'
"Scary...scary...scary," testified a child's voice from the audience. And it was true. Though most of the more than 700 other witnesses of Teatr Biuro Podrozy's performance of "Carmen Funebre" (Funeral Song) at ASU Saturday night were less vocal during the experience, they were no less moved by it.

Iowa demolishes ASU
The No. 16 Sun Devils only managed to gain 184 yards of total offense during a 21-2 loss to the Hawkeyes before a sold-out crowd of 70,397 in Iowa City. It was their lowest output in Koetter's three seasons at ASU.

Breakdown: Iowa City native Hill unfairly booed by Iowans
Hakim Hill was never offered a scholarship to play at Iowa, where his older brother played in the late '90s. Fans booed him as if he left town for money, even though he left to play because he wasn't asked to stay.

Devil Dish: Cheese heads better than no heads
It's no secret that Packers fans outnumbered those of the Big Red Sunday night. The bulk of people leaving were hanging their cheese heads. But wasn't it refreshing to have fans in the beat-up old stadium?

Soccer shuts out San Francisco, Kentucky at home
After a home-opening tie last week, the No. 19 ASU soccer team went out with something to prove this weekend. In matches against San Francisco and Kentucky, ASU allowed a combined nine shots on goal.

Volleyball opens Pac-10 conference play with losses
ASU's trip to the Northwest started on a positive note as the team won its first game against No. 14 Washington. It was downhill from there as the Sun Devils lost five straight games to drop their record back under .500.

Football: Absence of Lightfoot, Oliver showed vs. Iowa
The Sun Devils were without junior wide-out Daryl Lightfoot and junior cornerback R.J. Oliver Saturday night, gaining only 160 passing yards and giving up three touchdown passes against the Hawkeyes.

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