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Bomb threat note empties ICA building
The Intercollegiate Athletics building was evacuated Monday evening after a bomb threat was called in to ASU police.

The bomb threat was reported to the police department at 4:37 p.m. The threat was written on a sign in an elevator, said ASU spokesman Keith Jennings.

International students find little global news in papers
Adina Corlett does not read the newspaper. She is one of a number of people turned off by newspaper coverage of international issues. She subscribes to the East Valley Tribune but rarely reads it.

ASU, colleges may begin partnership
ASU and the Maricopa Community Colleges recently announced a partnership that is expected to make higher education more accessible and affordable.

The new ASU-Maricopa Alliance will focus on increasing the number of students who complete their associate and baccalaureate degrees. Under the program, students could be co-enrolled at both ASU and a Maricopa community college and may take courses at either institution.

ASU student dies on camping trip
A 20-year-old ASU student, missing since Saturday, was found dead inside a sleeping bag in the bed of a pickup truck Sunday afternoon.

The bodies of pre-business undergraduate Brandon Rumbaugh and his 19-year-old girlfriend, Lisa Gurrieri, were discovered by authorities on Bumblebee Road, approximately one-eighth of a mile from Interstate 17 and 30 miles north of Phoenix.

Residence halls may ditch landlines
A student official from ASU's Residence Hall Association said the University was contemplating an exclusive cellular phone contract that would market the telephones to students who live in residence halls.

Police Beat: I'm here to steal cars
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man arrested after he reportedly was found with a jiggle key, screwdrivers, flashlights and a glove. He reportedly admitted an intention to steal cars.

'Tunnel' gives students an upfront view of oppression
The "Tunnel of Oppression" continues its 9-year tradition of informing students about oppression today on the second floor of the Memorial Union. The Tunnel brings body image, race and disability issues to life.

'Chainsaw Massacre' remake too bloody to be stylish
Even if you haven't seen the original TCM, and hadn't heard of it before now, you can probably guess the plot: kids meet crazy guy with chainsaw, then get killed by crazy guy with chainsaw.

Review: 'Max Payne 2' over before you know it
Although the excellent storytelling and the spot-on gameplay both have returned in this sequel, the true downfall of Max Payne 2 is the horrendously short length and abysmal replay value.

Review: 'Arc the Lad' gives 'Final Fantasy' run for money
Games of the turn-based variety have been sparse in the US since the heydays of the Super Nintendo, and the recent release of Arc the Lad is a welcome addition to the Playstation2 lineup.

Review: GBA 'Super Mario 3' an improved blast from the past
There are many things in the world that are just good, but what happens when something good becomes something great? What words do you use to describe such a phenomenon? Sure, staunch linguists would probably bring up the words "improvement," "enhancement," "upgrade," "advance," "innovation," "development," and "progress" - but I don't need all those fancy words.

Review: 'Rugby 2004:' Steep learning curve but addictive
If looking for something that combines the confusion of psychedelic drug use with the violence of football, look no further than EA Sports Rugby 2004. Coming from a person who once actually played the game of rugby, this game is about as easy to pick up as a Calc II.

Story of journalist's murder borders on perfection
Based on a true story, Veronica Guerin stars Kate Blanchett as a fearless crime reporter whose mission to expose the driving forces behind Ireland's mid 1990s drug epidemic, results in her murder.

Belle & Sebastian's 'Dear Catastrophe Waitress' ironic
This album injects me with guilt for giving up the trombone. Glasgow's ambitious independent rock band continues to dish out their ironic style marked with gleeful chords and vocals contrasted with dark lyrics.

The missing movie link caters to those who never want to leave their homes and don't mind being deprived of fresh air and direct sunlight. The site acts like an online Blockbuster. Visitors download movies after paying a rental fee of about $4 per movie. Once you download the movie, you have 30 days to watch it. But as soon as you access the film to play it, you only have 24 hours to finish watching before the file disappears from your computer.

CD Review: April Sixth's 'Mariposa Avenue'
I can't say that I didn't enjoy this CD. I did ... I guess. But it didn't really capture my attention. It sounds just like everything else in the music scene right now. Just your typical guitar, bass, drums and guy singing cliché.

CD Review: The Format's 'Interventions and Lullabies'
I must say, Arizona does breed some damn good artists. Jimmy Eat World, Gin Blossoms, and Authority Zero were all given birth to in the Arizona desert and a new arrival is on its way.

CD Review: Outkast's double album set
The men of Outkast have really outdone themselves this time around. Their new album, featuring two disks, is full of the raunchy lyrics and fast-paced beats that make Outcast such a well-loved group.

CD Review: Thrice's 'The Artist in the Ambulance'
Obviously Thrice didn't get the memo before they made their recent album. Trying to sound hardcore but instead sounding like a bunch of angry, confused poets, Thrice's music jumps all over the place.

CD Review: Bingo's 'The Cicada and Other Stories'
I was going to describe Bingo as a Ben Harper/ Jack Johnson kind of fellow with a country twang. Others say he's "American Folk mixed with Eastern India blood." Personally, that sounds lame to me so I'm just going to stick with my "laidback guy rocking without all the fancy electronic mumbo jumbo" stereotype.

CD Review: Maria's 'My Soul'
I don't own any "girly" albums. No Mariah Carey or Britney Spears CD ever has had the opportunity to make an appearance in my collection ... but I might have to end that trend very soon. If you've ever been in love, or ever had your heart broken, Maria My Soul is worth an hour of your time.

Lovely 'ritas
Although Tempe may be in the middle of a state that is considered "all beach but no ocean," the city hasn't adopted a beach club until recently.

Margarita Rocks Beach Club, located at 410 S. Mill Ave. in Hayden Square, is a club reminiscent of the clubs you may have become accustomed to during spring breaks and getaway weekends in Mexico - but larger and with more flair.

Stoopified surf rock
It's nice to know that there are still musicians out there who are laid back. For Slightly Stoopid, a San Diego, Calif. band, business, work and touring aren't issues. Instead, they live for days spent with their puppies and barbecues in Ocean Beach.

We're jammin'
Justin Eck says the longest his band, Somebody's Closet, has jammed during one song was about 30 minutes. And he adds that it's not too exhausting to play for such an extended period of time.

The band will need to practice its jamming and dancing skills if it hopes to win the second annual "Battle of the Jams," promoted by Intelligroove.

Don't I know you? Straight eye for the queer guy
After the adventures I had trying to find a subject for my column last week, it was a relief to run into Sam Holdren, the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transsexual, Queer) Coalition facilitator at National Coming Out Day on Hayden Lawn Thursday. I was there for the pizza, he was there to celebrate being queer.

Murphy's Law: Spiritual intuition or fortunetellers?
For as long as I can remember, my mom has been into astrology. She struggled during my birth and my brothers' to record the exact moments we were born, and she has spent hours drawing out our charts and analyzing our stars. I even was not allowed to take my driver's test on my 16th birthday because my mom saw in my chart that I would fail if I took it that day.

Editorial: Ix-nay the English-only policies
Several states, including Arizona, already have laws prohibiting formal classroom instruction in anything but English. Prohibiting even casual conversation in Spanish, Swahili, or any other language, is un-American.

Biomimicry heals the planet
As humans continue to strip-mine the world's resources, the need for more energy-efficient technologies continues to grow. Many scientists are turning away from industry in efforts to mimic nature's effective methods.

Stop raunchy, offensive graffiti
If you take into account the other graffiti that frequently has been scribbled in bathrooms across campus, it is understandable that an unstable homophobe with a red pen would go to town on the walls.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

Psychic exposure
Meet James Betz: A resident of Tempe, he is the kind of next-door neighbor who would lend you a cup of sugar. He's soft-spoken, polite and possesses an almost eerie calmness to his demeanor. He is the founder of In-Sights Metaphysical Exchange and works as a psychic. This youthful-looking 50-year-old practices what he preaches: "People have to take care of themselves physically and spiritually."

On the Web: Dave Barry
I spent two hours reading about Dave Barry on the Internet, and all I got is this lousy column. For those of you not familiar with his work, Barry is sort of the Lord of the Everyman, with an emphasis in Cheez-its.

Football: Koetter asks Pac-10 officials to review penalties
One of the key story lines behind the ASU football team's come-from-behind 33-31 victory over North Carolina on Saturday was the disparity between the number of penalties called on the Sun Devils and Tar Heels.

Hoops: Physical conditioning key for Sun Devils
The ASU men's basketball team is working its way back into playing shape, and a vigorous off-season program and pickup games throughout the summer have eased the transition to playing basketball full time.

Opinion: Bowl Championship Series should go bye-bye
It's a shame that college football had to resort to using the Bowl Championship Series to find the "true" champion. It has only confused simple-minded buffoons like myself, and oh yeah, ruined college football.

Devil Dish: Media to air dirty laundry in Kobe case
Regardless of whether a pair of underwear proves Kobe's innocence, the country is bracing itself for another vivid example of our obsession with the world of celebrity, as trial headlines will trump important news.

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