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University remembers a hero
Outside of Sun Devil Stadium, people placed flowers, hats, candles, personal letters and even army medals in honor of a fallen hero.

People gathered, some crying, just to look and remember a man most had never even met. Next year, that same feeling will be present inside the stadium, when the ASU football team retires former ASU standout and fallen Army Ranger Pat Tillman's No. 42 -- the fifth retired number in ASU history -- during a Nov. 13 game against Washington State.

Police re-interview witnesses in alleged rape
After more than a month of investigation, no charges have been filed in an ASU police probe into accusations of sexual assault against redshirt freshman football player Darnel Henderson.

The investigation could last another month, said Cmdr. John Sutton, a spokesman for the ASU Department of Public Safety.

Students help out at event to showcase Latino Republicans
ASU students who recently started an organization for Latino Republicans helped host an event to showcase local politicians Saturday.

There, three conservative Latino politicians chatted with constituents over a barbeque at Kiwanis Park.

Student develops site to end 7:40 a.m. woes
Students who failed to pre-register or who didn't get the classes they wanted, often have trouble with ASU's drop/add system.

ASU computer science sophomore Rocky Smith said he has got something to make the hassles of drop/add a thing of the past.

Police Beat: Stealing capabilities troublesome
A 19-year-old Glendale man was arrested on charges of possession of burglary tools near the intersection of First Street and Farmer Avenue. After a traffic stop, the subject and driver were identified as suspects in a prior burglary. Upon inspection, police found tools commonly used for burglary as well as several car stereos, speakers, amplifiers and CD cases.

ASU Art Museum hosts film festival
Free movies and lying under the stars attracted more than 1,200 ASU students and Tempe community members to the eighth annual ASU Art Museum Short Film and Video Festival on Saturday. The festival was held on the Nelson Fine Arts Center plaza and showcased 18 films of various genres, formats and lengths.

Denzel fiery in 'Man on Fire'
You can say whatever you'd like about Denzel Washington's newest action movie, Man On Fire, but we must give credit where it's due: this is, without a doubt, the strangest cinematic experience to hit the multiplexes in a long while. Director Tony Scott (Ridley's brother), who's brought us movies like Top Gun, Crimson Tide and Enemy of the State, hits the absolute high point of nuttiness with this 150-minute epic that manages to be a searing character study, vicious revenge film and sweet but not saccharine odd-couple drama all in one.

Making the man
One ASU student is trying to make a name for himself as an R&B singer even though he lives in area better known for its heat waves than its hot new talent. But broadcast journalism junior David Hernandez says he hopes he will beat the odds and mark his name in the success column.

Nature for novices
Arizona has more natural beauty than you can shake a stick at-from the Grand Canyon to Sedona, the outdoor opportunities available here are endless. But as college students, it's hard to find the time or energy to explore it all, especially if you're only a casual nature-lover with little expertise of the area.

Missed the boat?
Tigger and a giant alligator, a pirate's ship and a giant pencil wait patiently on the lawn at Tempe Town Lake. Crowds of people stare, take pictures and laugh as they walk by. Hundreds have come out to see the boats. But this isn't your typical boat race.

Stage presents: Solo standoff
On Aug. 25, 2003, Mario Albert Madrigal, Jr. was shot multiple times at his Mesa home after police said he came toward them in a threatening manner while bearing a knife. After a four-minute standoff, the 15-year-old boy lay dying from 10 gunshot wounds. Current events often influence the arts, and ASU theatre professor Jeff McMahon has allowed the non-fiction story to influence his latest work.

Reel life: The reel deal
John Spiak doesn't want to be the Robert Redford of Arizona film festivals; he wants to be the John Spiak of Arizona film festivals. He is a supporter of new artists who cares more about the quality of the works than about the quantity of the star power and buzz.

Atta Bui: Get your activism together
Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. The '60s allegedly had it all, but it seems as if that decade isn't too different from the times we are living in now. Sex? Hello, Christina, Britney and Janet. Drugs? Walk down the hall of Manzy, take a wiff and you know that hasn't disappeared.

Give Tillman his tower
Did you become a little more patriotic after Sept. 11, holding your hand over your heart during the national anthem or flying an American flag? Pat Tillman did more, but he always did more. He had to. At 5-foot-11 and around 200 pounds, Tillman was undersized by football standards, though he never used that as an excuse.

Pottery Barn teaches diplomacy
Of late, Colin Powell has been perceived as persona non grata in the Bush administration. His resistance to the conflict in Iraq, while not exactly public, isn't the best-kept secret in Washington, either. Some have applauded his courage, while others have faulted him for not being enough of a team player in the Bush administration.

Editorial: Pat Tillman: Hero, Sun Devil
Pat Tillman never did anything conventionally. Not only did he graduate from ASU a semester early with a 3.84 GPA, he did it as a starting linebacker for the football team. He played in the 1996-97 Rose Bowl against Ohio State, and Sun Devils will always remember the game as one of ASU's closest and most heartbreaking losses.

Talk back: The tactic of lying
"I have no problem believing that a Young Republican would obstruct the free speech of a Young Democrat. Even though covering up signs is not the greatest crime in the world, he's just learning what Republicans do whenever they see or hear anything that they don't agree with. The treasurer who committed this act is only going to get punished by having to replace the sign. He should be bounced from the club and out of the Young Republicans because he was asked if he knew anything about it, and he said no.

College life gets students unprepared for real world
College is supposed to prepare you for the real world. So how come I don't feel prepared? With the education and training we receive at a fine institution of higher learning, we will be qualified for the job market and whatever life throws our way. At least that's how the myth goes.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

A comic strip by Joe Bowen

Ship of fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

New Comic: Q.E.D.
A comic strip by Brian Lewis

Haiku Circus
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Nintendo pimps out classic NES games on GBA
Tired of having to download NESticle and other emulators to satisfy your 8-bit cravings? I know I am. Grown weary of blowing on those dinosaurian NES carts of yours just to squeeze out one more game? Damn right! Fear not, my geeky brethren, because Nintendo of America wants to ease your gaming grief with the release of eight classic NES carts for the Game Boy Advance on June 7.

'G Love and the Special Sauce' flood the Marquee theatre in hip-hop, blues
When artists dare to bridge or expand on a genre, it carries a negative connotation. Thus, the music world is a paradox. The public is sick of homogenous bands with quasi-witty names and forgettable KROQ hits. Yet they consume it, pay for it and every permutation of the same song twice baked for flavor reminiscent of the original.

Fashion sense: The blushing bride
Carmen Electra wore Badgley & Mischka, Sarah Michelle Gellar strutted in Vera Wang, and Jennifer Aniston bought a dress from American designer, Lawrence Steele. For those wondering what to wear on that special day, here are some fashion forward suggestions.

The Vaughn file: Remembering Tillman
My parents have a photograph of me sitting on their piano. It is 1987 and I am five years old with maroon and gold felt horns on my head. We are at the Rose Bowl and I am certain that I will always be a Sun Devil. Ten years later, same horns on my head, I watched Pat Tillman-number 42-tackle scores of Ohio State players.

Cronkite students say 'Viva Las Vegas!'
The Radio and Television News Directors Association had its annual conference in Las Vegas on April 19-21, 2004. The conference was designed to bridge the gap between educators, news directors and students. Many students from ASU's Cronkite School of Journalism attended as well.

Postcards from London: A walk down Abbey Road
Since my family came for a visit last week, I got a chance to join the herds of tourists in exploring some of London's main attractions. We started the trip off with a visit to the Natural History Museum, which contains a plethora of objects from the natural world.

The greatest Sun Devil
The news of former ASU star linebacker and Arizona Cardinals' strong safety Pat Tillman's death has made waves on a national level. But the news perhaps carried no more of an impact than at Sun Devil Stadium, where Tillman's football career took off at both the collegiate and professional level and where his name separated itself from other soldiers serving in the Middle East.

Tillman an overachiever who lived life to its fullest
Pat Tillman overachieved in football, and just about everything else. Too slow to be a great safety, too small for an NFL linebacker, he got by on toughness, effort and brains. He worked his way from seventh-round draft pick to starting safety for the Arizona Cardinals, then walked away from millions of dollars to join the Army Rangers and serve his country.

Baseball wins another series, can't get sweep
Unlike the Backstreet Boys, the ASU baseball team does perform well on the road. For the second straight weekend in a row, the ASU baseball team won a road Pac-10 series, this time over the Washington State Cougars. "I think before we were playing poorly, and it did not necessarily matter where we were playing," assistant coach Mike Rooney said.

Softball finally gets first Pac-10 win on 10th try
Finally, the streak is over. After seven straight games of being shut out by its opponent, the ASU softball team rebounded for a 7-2 victory over No. 16 Oregon State on Sunday in Corvallis, Ore. The seven runs were more than the Sun Devils (31-23, 1-9 Pac-10) had scored in their first nine games of conference play.

Tennis teams falter at Pac-10s
Much like what occurred in conference play, the men's and women's tennis teams had a tough time at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai, Calif. over the weekend. Only one Sun Devil entry made it past the second round of the tournament, and no singles or doubles players in the main draw won more than one match.

Devil Dish: Tillman's currency was people
I had just one face-to-face encounter with Pat Tillman while he was playing football for the Cardinals, but it was a memorable one. I was up in Flagstaff and went to see the team play a scrimmage at NAU's Walkup Skydome. After the game, the players sat at tables and signed autographs.

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