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Athletics scraps Sun Devil Recruiters
The ASU football program will no longer make use of its "Sun Devil Recruiters" group, an organization of about 20 female students who hosted high school football recruits, head coach Dirk Koetter said Monday.

Koetter said he came to the decision in late February following an annual evaluation of the team's recruiting season, which culminated with signing day on Feb. 4.

Voters near campus not showing at polls
In the election that decided Tempe's first mayor in a decade, ASU student voters appear to have the lowest turnout.

And city officials say that's nothing new.

Candidates aim to lobby government
This week, The State Press will be running a series called "Meet Your Candidates" in anticipation of the student government election on March 31 and April 1. Undergraduate candidates will be asked questions and given equal opportunity to speak about the issues in their campaigns.

Police Beat: Behind bars for illegal U-turn
ASU police reported the following incidents Monday: A 23-year-old Fountain Hills man was arrested on a warrant for an unpaid fine. The fine was for driving on a suspended license after being stopped for an illegal U-turn. The rear window was broken and a suitcase was stolen from a Ford Explorer in Lot 35.

Mission to inspire tradition
The word "fan" is a shortened form of "fanatic," but no one term can accurately describe Phil Root.

While Root, the now infamous "superfan" of ASU athletics, graduated in December with a degree in secondary education and chemistry, he still remains an adamant supporter of the Sun Devils. The painted face and Mohawk might be gone -- he believes that look wouldn't help him as a high school substitute teacher -- but he still defines "colorful" with his collection of signs and taunts to "try to inspire tradition."

Bond: Shaken, not stirred
Dear Diary- It was a calm clear night in an exotic land I've visited before. Maybe to assassinate a foreign ambassador or it could've been Spring Break. But I am sure it ended with me, a hotel full of empty Atkins Friendly water bottles, and an empty box of prophylactics.

Alaska, AZ take cheap shots at wolves, cougars
Philosophies and religions the world over share a common desire to achieve some sort of balance with the natural world. Despite this wish, however, most of humanity appears completely and often appallingly unable to coexist with nature on this planet with any semblance of harmony.

Editorial: Root Root Root for the Devils
We looked up his last name on It means: "To give audible encouragement or applause to a contestant or team; cheer." It's safe to say that ASU superfan Phil Root lives up to his name. A staple at nearly every home game for nearly every sport (including a few you probably didn't know existed), Root has been the heart and soul of ASU fandom as long as any of us can remember.

Spain elects to reward terror
I was in Madrid during Sept. 11, 2001. I watched the second plane hit the World Trade Center live on CNN. My country would immediately go to war, and I wholeheartedly approved. Sept. 12 was a different day. I received condolences from the outgoing people on the subway and respectful glances and nods from those less assertive as I made my way to a small school for international students interested in improving their Spanish.

Immigration group goes over the top with border plan
Of all the dead horses Arizona politicians and activists like to beat, the issue of immigration will always be a favorite. A $10 million plan called the Arizona Border Control Initiative was instituted in Tucson last week by Department of Homeland Security Undersecretary Asa Hutchinson for border and transportation security.

Haiku Circus
A comic strip by Ken Sakamoto

Postcards from London: Life in the city of lights
After being perpetually tempted by endless billboard ads displaying exotic pictures with very low figures, I was finally persuaded to take another trip. Since my friend was in town for the week, and she speaks French, we decided to travel to Paris for a few days.

Coloring Contest: Win spring training tickets!
In our endless quest of trying to have more fun, your friends at the Web Devil have decided to hold a coloring contest. Don't say that stuff's for kids! When you were a kid, did you win four tickets to a Cactus League Spring Training game? We will give away four tickets to see the Anaheim Angels take on the Chicago Cubs at Tempe Diablo Stadium to whoever colors the picture below the best.

Devil Dish Not so mad for March
No matter how hard I try, I cannot get into this thing you call "March Madness." What's that, you call me crazy? You say we are in the middle of the greatest sporting event of the year? You say that upsets are always given in the NCAA Tournament, that there are no foregone conclusions and that anyone has a chance to win? March Madness may be a good event to place bets on, but that's the extent of it.

Football: Spring has sprung, 2003 is done
The 2003 season ended less than four months ago, but in the minds of the ASU football team, it may as well have been an eternity. On Monday, the Sun Devils once again began a ritual that has become so familiar: boarding the team trams to cross Rural Road before stepping onto the Bill Kajikawa practice field.

Loss of slugger Larish will affect outfield
With the injury of junior left fielder Jeff Larish the No. 9 ASU baseball team may lose what had been a certainty at every ASU home game: the starting outfield lineup. With Larish, sophomore Travis Buck in right field and freshman Colin Curtis in center field, the Sun Devils had a rock-solid outfield that started every game for the Sun Devils this season.

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