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NEWS
Campus flu season could be severe
Flu season has officially begun at ASU. Five cases of influenza have been reported to Student Health since Oct. 29. The Student Health and Wellness Center, which is a tracking station for the State of Arizona Public Health Department, documented the first case in Maricopa County this year.



Biz school symposium focuses on service
The W. P. Carey School of Business' Center for Services Leadership is promoting one of its founding principles this week: customer service.



The center is hosting the "Compete Through Service Symposium" at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Phoenix through Friday. There, national business leaders will educate local executives on improving service through customer interaction.

ASU Police find stolen bikes in apartment
When ASU police assisted Tempe officers in the execution of a search warrant at a Tempe apartment, they found five bicycles that authorities believe might have been stolen from campus.



The bicycles were recovered and impounded by police. They are being stored at the ASU police station.

Rooney talks journalism with students, professors
Andy Rooney may be known for his sharp tongue and strong opinions on the TV newsmagazine "60 Minutes," but he was smiling and joking on campus Wednesday.



Rooney met with an audience of 140 ASU students and professors Wednesday in a question-and-answer session at KAET studios.

Police Beat: How to get your daily serving of leafy greens
The incidents reported by ASU and Tempe police, including a man arrested on charges of possession of marijuana after officers reportedly confiscated several baggies of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Murphy's Law: Equality should be a gıven
I have faced little discrimination in my life. I've never felt less of a person because of my sex, race, ethnicity and rarely of my age. I've got it pretty easy - I'm not poor; I'm white and educated. I don't have a lot to be afraid of. I'm one of the lucky ones.

The Phat and the Furious: Breakdancing still alive
The last 10 years have seemed like a blur to the Furious Styles Crew. The local breakdancing crew has undergone numerous challenges and changes, but still has been able to help keep hip-hop thriving in Arizona over the years. To commemorate the last decade of breakdancing and the other elements of hip-hop, Furious Styles is hosting the "Decade of Style," a weekend dedicated to breakdancing and graffiti battles.

Bobbing for Hıstory: Robert Lloyd Williams' take on Tempe
I have lived in Tempe for about three years now, and I almost feel like I am an old-timer. I talk about things that have happened in past semesters, and people give me this blank look because they have no idea what I am talking about. Yes, I remember Mill before Borders and The Library were there.

Step it up: Alpha Phi Alpha step group
Stepping has been a part of my life since I can remember. But to my surprise, when I asked students about the art, most gave me blank stares. If you're one of those people here's your chance to watch and learn. Step is built on the thing that makes your head bob to all of the Neptunes' songs.

Indiana Jones revived
When I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark for the first time on my sixth birthday, it was a watershed moment in my childhood. After witnessing spectacular stunts, melting Nazis and Harrison Ford playing the fedora-clad badass Indiana Jones, I had a new idol. With my best friend in tow, I was hell-bent on recreating the death-defying stunts from the flick, including an attempt to hang on a car's rear axle and mimicking Indy's trip underneath a Nazi truck.

Next Stop, Friendship: 'The Station Agent' review
These days it seems as if a movie won't do well in the box office unless at least five people die, a car or two blows up and someone gets naked. But when Tom McCarthy wrote The Station Agent over three years ago, he broke that stereotype. The film, which McCarthy wrote around three specific characters that his friends would play, isn't about car chases or kidnapping - it's about solitude, loneliness and overcoming both.

'Pieces of April' keeps it together
Thanksgiving could be about a moist mushroom stuffing. It could be about the perfect marriage between marshmallow and yam, a giant glistening turkey or a smooth spoonful of pumpkin pie. But let's face it: Food is like the cheesy-game-show consolation prize for what we really have to endure during Thanksgiving - people.

Revolutionizing music television: Bohemia Afterdark
Move over MTV, Bohemia Afterdark is on its way to kick Carson Daly to the curb and bring Phoenix a much needed music makeover. "We play stuff MTV won't play. We play videos no one else will play," says Neil Jeckering of the new station that will be taking over airwaves sometime this week.

'2004' revives 'NBA Live' franchise
EA Sports has gone through many phases over the years. In the early to mid 90's, they were unquestionably the best sports video game maker. But then they messed with success and tried to get too cute with some of their games, letting other companies pull ahead of them in quality.

'Average Joe' an average show
Sometimes even the most homely of nerds gets a chance. A gorgeous girl gives them a shot. But as NBC's newest reality series "Average Joe" proves, that's just my own personal fantasy - and not reality.

'Breakthrough' a fine addition to 'Medal of Honor' series
The Medal of Honor videogame series has been kicking ass on every platform, but it shines on the PC. Breakthrough is an expansion for the popular multiplayer and single player game known as Medal of Honor Allied Assault. This game is based around World War II just like in all of the other games but instead of fighting solely the Germans in this expansion you are fighting the Italians also. The game starts out with a level in Africa. For those of you who have not heard but the United States (but mainly the British) did go to war in Africa during WWII. Then from their in expands on to Stalin's turf.

'Arrested Development' may be FOX's next junked gem
You know how it works, if you know anything about television. There will be a new show on the air, and it will be brilliant, in a way you didn't think possible. Perhaps the show will put you on the edge of your seat.

Hilarious after-Halloween special opens 'Simpsons'
The Simpsons," one of the truly great television programs of all time, is back for its 15th season. The three vignettes on last night's after-Halloween episode were all particularly funny and memorable.

Review: 'WWE Raw 2' hot with all new matches
WWE Raw 2, THQ's Xbox-exclusive pro wrestling simulation, is already one of the hottest games around. Sadly, the fun won't last long for those of us who don't follow the "sport." A lot has changed since THQ made WCW vs. NWO for the Nintendo 64. Now there's no more WCW or WWF, wrestling moved to TNN which is now called Spike, and Hulk Hogan retired but then came back again.

Review: 'Tiger Woods' shoots for par, still the best
If you want to be the best, you have to compete against the best. Or in this case, you have to compete against the only golf video game on the market.



In EA Sports' Tiger Woods PGA Tour 2004, players can compete on some of the best golf courses across the globe. From the TPC of Scottsdale to Pebble Beach, players will get the most realistic simulation of what it is like to play as Tiger Woods, as well as a variety of other famed PGA tour professionals such as John Daly, Justin Leonard, and Jesper Parnevik to name a few.

Preview: 'Ratchet and Clank 2' not just kids' stuff
While I never played the original Ratchet and Clank, due to my caution around games that have kiddie-cartoon-looking covers, the demo disc for its sequel, Ratchet and Clank 2: Going Commando, is making me wish that I had.

OPINIONS
Letters to the Editor: Walls a better solution than diplomacy
The letters in response to recent articles, including a letter from a reader disagreeing with a recent column and saying that a wall separating Israel from Palestine is the "nonviolent answer to violent attacks" in the region.

Alternative view of married Christ healthy, not heresy
Did Jesus Christ have a wife? An interesting question, to be sure, and one that sparked considerable controversy this summer after Dan Brown posited the idea in his bestselling novel, "The Da Vinci Code."

Longtime Democrat steps up to the bat for Bush
Amid all the speculation about next year's general election, it looks as if President George W. Bush's most significant supporter ultimately may be senator from Georgia and longtime Democrat Zell Miller.

Microsoft anti-virus rewards revolutionize industry
Microsoft announced yesterday that it would provide financial rewards for those who turn in virus writers. This worldwide initiative will encourage those with information to bring malicious geeks to justice and hopefully help deter future virus creation.

Editorial: Cheers to Andy Rooney, lifetime of free speech
As the recipient of this year's Walter Cronkite Award of Excellence, Andy Rooney exposes the clear divide between those who attempt to keep unwavering and controversial opinions out of American dialogue and those who wish to provoke honest discussions.

COMICS
Talking Heads
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson.

W.M.U.
A coimc strip by Joseph Bowen.

F-Minus
A comic strip by Tony Carrillo.

SPECIAL REPORTS
A look at tolerance
There were eight bias-related incidents reported on campus in October. Each one targeted the homosexual community at ASU, a self-proclaimed liberal university that supposedly thrives on its diversity. On Oct. 2, "Suck my cock, faggot" was written on the car of a gay male student.



A participant of National Coming Out Day found derogatory words written on the white board outside his dorm room door, and on Oct. 16, a gay male student was told, "Fuck you, faggot" while he was working as a security officer at the Towers apartments on campus.

WEB EXTRA
Sikh discussion seeks to educate, end discrimination
Rano Singh, former President of the India Association of Phoenix, held a lecture to educate people about Sikhism and provide community support for the discrimination inflicted upon Sikhs since Sept. 11.

On the Web: 'Tis the season to start shopping
Whoever wrote about 12 days of Christmas is an idiot. Incidentally, the holidays are about more than partridges that freeze to death because they are dumb enough to hang out in pear trees during winter.

SPORTS
Devil Dish: Enjoy star pitchers' glory days while they last
I hate to admit it, but I'm actually sad that Greg Maddux didn't win the Gold Glove this year as the best fielding pitcher in the National League. I don't like the Atlanta Braves, but the reason the team is in the playoffs every year is Maddux.

Football: Sun Devils' Crawford head of the hogs
In the last four years, the Sun Devils have had seven offensive linemen continue their careers in the NFL. Now, senior right guard Regis Crawford appears to be the most likely hog to carry on that tradition.

Football: Stanford's Chambers anchors offense
Four years ago, the Stanford football program was near its prime after coming off its first Rose Bowl appearance since 1972. It was after the 1999 season that senior left tackle Kirk Chambers joined the team as a starter after an LDS mission to Berlin. He hasn't left the lineup since.

Rigorous training fuels Soviet-born boxer's return
Growing up and training as a boxer in Kazakhstan, part of the former Soviet Union, cruiserweight Vassiliy Jirov may have already faced his toughest challenger: his first trainer. Under the watch of Alexander Apachinsky, Jirov began grueling training when he was 11 years old.

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