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Clubs put aside politics to honor fallen
Two campus political groups are setting aside party politics to remember the 22 Arizonans who have died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The ASU Young Democrats initiated the Remembering Our Fallen Soldiers Memorial on Hayden Lawn on Monday by reading the names of Arizona's deceased servicemen and women and distributing ribbons to commemorate their sacrifices.

Device gathers data on human motion
While fumbling with infrared markers for motion systems at ASU's motor control and rehabilitation lab, electrical engineering graduate students Prem Kuchi and Raghuram Hiremagalur decided there had to be a better way.

Unfortunately for the two there wasn't -- so they made one.

Student's art work political
Art and politics may have few similarities on the surface, but ASU graduate art student Karen Fiorito is hoping to change all that.

Fiorito's exhibition, "Agiprop and Culture Jams," opened Monday at the Harry Wood Gallery on the first floor of the Art Building and will be on display until Friday.

Robbery on campus
ASU police urged students to be wary of robberies after two incidents on campus last weekend. On Saturday about 11:50 p.m., a woman was walking alone across the south parking lot of Adelphi Commons when a suspect jumped on her from behind, forced her to the ground and demanded she give him her wallet.

Re-write the 'Laws'
If ever you've taken the time out to see any genre of movie in your life, then I can guarantee that you have seen Laws of Attraction before. Not only have you seen this type of cheesy romantic comedy before, but you have seen a better one. Laws of Attraction is a movie that neither Pierce Brosnan nor Julianne Moore will boast about on their resume in the near future, nor will it ever pop up on a lifetime tribute show should either actor get to such a time in their career (and that's very likely still).

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.

No need to see coffins
A few years ago I was offered the opportunity to see a friend for the last time. He was killed in an accident, and so I declined. I didn't want to corrupt memories with a vision so graphic and violently distorted. That memory returned to me when debate regarding the Pentagon's policy that forbids flag-draped caskets being returned to the United States from being photographed began last week.

Tillman not Arizona's only hero
Raymond Losano, Benjamin Biskie, Jay Aubin, Alyssa Peterson, and Nathan White. Few of us recognize the names of these people who felt inside themselves a burning to defend our country. They are Arizona soldiers who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom and are heroes in their own right who gave their lives in either Afghanistan or Iraq, fighting in battles that have raged for more than a year.

Editorial: ASU athletics can win back the love
The ASU athletic department is struggling to overcome a $3.3 million budget deficit. That sizable chunk of change is due, in large part, to poor ticket sales at men's basketball and football games. While we'd look pretty good in cheerleader outfits (imagine our sports editor in a miniskirt), we know that boring you with a rah-rah editorial about school spirit isn't going to keep ASU sports from tanking it in the Budget Bowl.

Letters to the editor: I love Lucia (In response to Lucia Bill's columns.)
Lucia, I, for one, think you should be reading fan mail instead of hate mail on Friday nights. First there was the ill-considered letter to the editor about your Juarez/cell phone article ("Caring loses out to cellular," April 1). We let that one go. Then there was the letter from the "amazingly socially conscious and active community member" who suffered from the indignity of being told there might be two sides to the Coffee Plantation story ("Coffee debacle stunts progress for homeless," co-written by Brian Clapp, April 19).

Have that cell phone removed from your head
It was a quiet, still Saturday morning in the Superstition Mountains just east of Phoenix. My friend and I hiked along the Peralta Trail enjoying the view of the craggy peaks rising like jagged teeth from the valley floor. It was a great day -- cool, serene, and calm -- until we came upon another group of hikers and heard the notes of "Fuer Elise" clanging loudly from a young woman's pocket.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

A comic strip by Joe Bowen

Ship of fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

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Group marches for women's rights
Women and men joined together nationwide Sunday to march for reproductive freedom in the first ever March for Women's Lives. The primary march, held in Washington D.C., was a collaborative effort of seven of the nation's leading women's rights groups. From a local perspective, around 200 men, women and children gathered at 10 a.

In a heart beat
With the month of April and National Organ Donor Awareness month coming to a close, a donor awareness event on Wednesday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Hayden lawn will spread the word of the importance of being a donor. The event will have a live band, speakers, food and prizes.

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.

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.

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.

Golfers tied for first at Pac-10s
Following the first day of play, the No. 4 ASU men's golf team is looking like it will follow suit at the Pac-10 Championships in Tucson and walk away with their third team victory in a row. The Sun Devils are tied for first with host UA after Monday's 36-hole opening day marathon.

Athletics' climb out of debt slows
After three years of paying off a crippling budget deficit that reached $3.3 million in June 2001, the ASU athletic department hoped to be free and clear of debt this summer.

However, due to poor seasons by marquee Sun Devil sports teams, ASU athletic director Gene Smith and the rest of his department will remain in the red for at least another year.

AVP Volleyball hits Tempe
Winning never gets old. Just ask Misty May and Kerri Walsh, who extended their match-winning streak to 69 with a win at the Tempe Open in pro beach volleyball action this weekend. In front of an estimated crowd of 6,500, the two rolled through archrivals Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs at Tempe Town Lake 21-12, 21-19.

Baseball travels to Witchita State
With only 12 hours to enjoy some home cookin', the ASU baseball team headed right back out on the road for a two-game series against No. 10 Wichita State. The Sun Devils will have to be sharp heading into Wichita, Kan., notoriously a tough place to play. Before last weekend, head coach Pat Murphy said he wanted the team to start playing good baseball more consistently.

Devil Dish: Sexson should be a Yank
Even as my Arizona Diamond-backs struggle with a pitching rotation that the Salvation Army wouldn't even take if you left it at the curb, the New York Yankees are losing like it's going out of style. With all those millions wasted, George Steinbrenner forgot that you can't buy chemistry (aisle three, next to heart).

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