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News Update: Threatening letters target Smith

Anonymous letters making "racist threats" toward athletic director Gene Smith have appeared at ASU and Ohio State University, police reported Friday.

The ASU Foundation and the East campus administration building each received a typed letter March 17 from Cleveland that threatened Smith, according to records released Friday by the ASU Department of Public Safety. Officials at both universities reported the letters were related to Smith's pending employment at Ohio State. Smith will leave ASU April 8 to become Ohio State's athletic director.

Athletics, ASU face shakeup

ASU will no longer rely on an "honor code" regarding reporting of weapons violations and will suspend those who make threats of violence, President Michael Crow announced at a press conference late Thursday afternoon.

Crow plans to revise University policy to require students and employees to notify ASU police of weapons violations.

Prof to lead investigation, interim AD named

ASU President Michael Crow named a professor to lead an investigation into how the University handled the Loren Wade incident in a press conference Thursday and selected an interim athletic director.

Crow named law professor Myles Lynk as head of the internal investigation. Lynk serves as the University's faculty athletic representative, a position Crow called "the faculty's watchdog over intercollegiate sports."

Lynk serves as the University's faculty athletic representative, a position Crow called "the faculty's watchdog over intercollegiate sports."
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Devils gear up for Wright State


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Freshman shortstop Andrew Romine tries to break up a double play during ASU's 6-5 win over Oklahoma on March 20 at Packard Stadium. The Sun Devils take on Wright State in a three-game series this weekend.
Back in the national rankings and fresh off a series victory over USC in the Pac-10 opener, the No. 24 ASU baseball team is riding high. And with a three-game series against relatively unknown Wright State starting today, it seems like another successful weekend is on the horizon.

However, senior catcher Tuffy Gosewisch isn't ready to chalk up a series sweep quite yet.
FOOTBALL

Receiving duo looks to step up for ASU

The quarterback with the cannon may be gone, but the men who reeled in the rockets still remain on the ASU football team.

With incumbent junior quarterback Sam Keller replacing NFL-bound Andrew Walter, the Sun Devils will look to senior receiver Derek Hagan and sophomore receiver/tailback Rudy Burgess for offensive leadership.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

An art of their own


ON THE COVER
A skateboarder rolls down University Drive and quickly slaps a light pole with a custom-designed sticker, leaving behind a symbol of himself, his crew and his passion.

Down the street, students walk past an electrical box showcasing the names of graffiti artists who left their mark, if only for a few days.
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

More than 400 artists to show work at Tempe festival

Predictions of nice weather and hundreds of thousands of people will probably make for a successful Spring Tempe Festival of the Arts.

"We're excited about the beautiful weather," said Jessica Buchanan, festival spokesperson. "It's a good excuse for people to get outside."

The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Sunday on Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets.
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