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Get it Out

Jacie* lounges comfortably on a cream-colored leather chair just weeks before she will have the sexual reassignment surgery necessary for her to become a woman. The political science and history sophomore pushes back her dark, red-highlighted hair as she recalls how a fundamentalist Christian counselor caused her a painful bout of depression and self-doubt over her status as a male-to-female transsexual.

"Doctors aren't supposed to fuck with your head and play games," Jacie says. "That's nowhere in the Hippocratic oath."

Her feminine voice rises in volume as she describes the mental scars the therapy left behind.

On Campus: The Long Way
She's no tomboy -- Rosa Garcia might ride a longboard, but she's still pretty girly. Rosa Garcia, petite and dark-haired, doesn't let longboarding get in the way of her wardrobe. When Garcia gets on her longboard, she'll sometimes opt to wear skirts and sandals instead of baggy clothing and skater shoes.

Top 5: Worst Halloween Costumes
The Pimp 1. The Naughty Schoolgirl: Can we get over the schoolgirl costume already? If you must show all, be Daisy Duke this year - much trendier and more original.

Religion: Witch Hunt
Carly Forebach holds her pentacle necklace. The five-pointed star represents fire, earth, air, water and spirit and is a Wiccan symbol. Political science and psychology senior Carly Foreback sits outside the library behind a pile of textbooks, a lock of her wavy brown hair falling over her glasses. Around the neck of her yellow "ASU Gold Rush" T-shirt is a pendant that some students mistake for a Jewish Star of David.

Religion Research: Un-Godly Nation
Benjamin Franklin once said, "Religion will give us peace and tranquility in our minds, and render us benevolent and beneficial to others."

But research published last month gives a different perspective. The study, conducted by social scientist Gregory Paul and published in the Journal of Religion and Society, shows belief in God unnecessary for a healthy society, and in the case of America, is actually correlated with social problems.

Mindful: Psychiatric Revolution
Dr. Robert Spitzer never spoke to an openly gay person until activists crashed a meeting of behavioral psychologists discussing the treatment of homosexuality in 1972.

Spitzer, who is now a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, later talked to the gay-rights activists, who discovered he was a member of the committee responsible for revising the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Fashion: Do or Do Not
Yes, ASU is a land of perpetual summer, but when temperatures dip below 90 degrees and rain starts falling on the malls, it's probably time to ditch the white tank tops and miniskirts that leave oh-so-little to the imagination.

Instead of confusing campus with a nudist colony, embrace layering and the wealth of winter-month fashions from which summer has so cruelly deprived us.

Local Limelight: Q&A with Army of Robots

Photo courtesy of Army of Robots With the name Army of Robots and a lead singer who goes by the nickname Daggrr, unsuspecting music fans might expect this Tempe band to be hard rock and screaming.

But the band, which started in 1999 as a solo project of lead singer Lawrence "Daggrr" Hearne and expanded to the five-member group, describes itself as "pop-rock with electronics" and "new-wavy dance music."

Liner Notes: CD Reviews
The pop-punk of Mourning Maxwell won't really blow anyone's mind, but for fans of the genre, this is a lot better than what they play on the radio.

Scars of Tomorrow is another terrible Southern California metalcore band. The Horror of Realization is these guys' FOURTH full-length album and a definite step backwards from their Victory Records premier Rope Tied to the Trigger.

Halloween: Favorite Haunt
An American flag dances in the wind as it hangs from the roof of the Hotel San Carlos in downtown Phoenix.

Calendar: What's Happening
Lo-fi garage rock kings the Reatards are coming to our fair city, and it seems like no one knows. The show isn't even posted up on the calendar.

Since you're far too old to be trick-or-treating (seriously, you should have stopped by high school and shame on those of you who didn't), why not spend your Halloween bobbing your head to the smooth rhymes of Sage Francis.

If you're looking to hang out with the indie elite, swing by the Clubhouse Music Venue, 1320 E. Broadway Road, on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The indie crew will be at the Clubhouse to watch one of the few amazing cover bands, the Detroit Cobras.

Culture Shock: Pasty Man
"The traditional English pasty is essentially a short crust pastry similar to, but better than, the pot-pie," says Dean Thomas, owner of Tempe's Cornish Pasty Co.

The pasty originates from Thomas' home county, Cornwall, a picturesque peninsula in southwest England where it was once the staple food of tin miners. The tin industry has since died, leaving Cornwall very poor, but the pasty has continued to thrive both in England and in American mining towns, where Cornish miners came in the late 1800s.

Gadget Corner: Keying it in

Photo courtesy of Typing messages on cell phones is difficult because of the microscopic buttons. While your thumbs throb at the sight of your phone, they'll cheer for I-Tech's new virtual laser keyboard.

Scene Points: Scene Stuff
I started "Scene Points" with the intention of helping regular people understand what audiophiles are talking about and why they're so obsessed. But not all of you are in the dark. Several people have commented on the pun in the name of this column -- scene points are a joke.

It's a way for people to make fun of the kids at shows who clearly are just trying too hard. These "scenesters" are known to go to shows of bands they've never heard of solely to appear "in the know." So, we (sane, quasi-elitists) make scene point jokes at their expense, things like: "Ooo, white belt and fashion hair: 15 scene points" and "He just lost 20 scene points for that half-assed spin-kick."

From the Edge: Editorial
Figuring out your identity is part of what college is about. Finally free from the social hell that is high school, we're free to re-invent ourselves as we choose. For some of us, this re-invention is superficial. I for example, dyed my naturally blond hair brown, ditched my high school friends and declared myself a new, more serious person.

Obviously, discovering who you really are takes a lot more than just changing your hair color or finding new friends. Often finding your identity is a struggle and sometimes a painful one -- especially when the people closest to you aren't willing to accept the change. Take the experience of Jacie, the subject of this week's cover story (Get It Out, 8).

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