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ASU among top Latino schools
ASU has been trying to recruit Danyella Garcia since she was in eighth grade. When Garcia was in high school, the University's Hispanic Mother Daughter Program awarded her one of 10 scholarships. That program and other departments, including Hispanic and Latino/Latina Studies and student clubs, helped ASU rank among the top 25 colleges for Latinos in the March issue of Hispanic magazine.

Students learn technology leadership in other nations
ASU students from the Corporate Leadership Program crossed international boundaries during spring break to perform their own high-tech brand of community service. A group of 11 students in the CLP, as well as students from Sweden, Japan, Singapore, Australia, Canada, India, Iran and Thailand, worked and participated in industry demonstrations in Singapore and Tokyo March 13-21.

ASU East: Officials to bring arts to East
Concerts, choir, clubs, more drawing classes, a band and student performances are what ASU East officials want to see on their campus. Dialogue has been set in motion to foster the possibilities of creating more arts related events and extracurricular activities at ASU East.

Student runs for state representative
With Libertarian organizations behind him, an ASU undergraduate is aiming for the House of Representatives. Microbiology and sociology senior Craig Stritar is running for representative of the sixth district in the state's Nov. 2 general election. Arizona's sixth congressional district includes Mesa, Gilbert, Apache Junction and Queen Creek.

ASU department dominated by fear
Resident assistants at ASU began leaving their positions at an alarming rate last year, and former RAs say it's because ASU Residential Life is a department dominated by fear, bullying and politics.



But in the past two semesters, many RAs have been fired or resigned. In fact, more than one in four either quit or were fired between July and February. Residential Life exhausted its applicant pool and began an emergency hiring process to fill several vacant positions, some of which remained vacant until well into the spring semester.

Meet the Candidates: USG Candidates hope to take more control over tuition
This is the second in a series of six articles called "Meet Your Candidates" The State Press will be running in anticipation of the student government election on March 31 and April 1. Undergraduate Student Government candidates will be asked questions and given equal opportunity to speak about the issues in their campaigns.

Warning of 'warm weather crimes'
Tempe police have begun warning city residents to keep their doors and windows shut and locked despite rising temperatures in order to prevent "warm weather crimes."



In past years, residents have unknowingly compromised their security to keep cool. Assault, sexual assault, trespassing and burglary are some of the crimes that have occurred as spring months have brought warmer temperatures.

Police Beat: Yell, but don't spit, at the officer
A 35-year-old Tempe man was arrested on charges of DUI and aggravated assault on a police officer near the 1200 block of South Rural Road. After refusing sobriety tests and being arrested for DUI, the subject became verbally abusive and spit at the arresting officer twice.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Who's funniest ASU student?
In the ongoing effort to find the funniest person in the Valley, local comedy club Tempe Improv will begin a nine-week competition today that will include ASU student-comedians. "Star Seekers" is a contest featuring stand-up comics, improvisational and sketch groups, and singers and spoken-word poets from around the Valley, said Tony Vicich, the show's producer and a comedy coach at the Improv.

Smith matures with 'Jersey Girl'
Let us get one thing straight immediately: Kevin Smith's new movie Jersey Girl has nothing to do with, and is not similar to, the following movies: Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back or (shudder) the Movie That Shall Not Be Named (I'll give you a hint: it swept the Razzie Awards last month).

Breaking the mold: Chatting with Kevin Smith
For the past ten years, Kevin Smith has been best known as Silent Bob, the "hetero life partner" of a stoner named Jay. Smith wrote, directed and appeared as Silent Bob in five movies, starting with the 1994 independent release Clerks and ending with 2001's Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

Into the swamp: Mojo Gurus rock
I'm a GRIT-a Girl Raised In The South, that is-so I find music with a soulful rock flavor unceasingly appetizing. The Florida-based Mojo Gurus appeal to southern sensibilities and definitely rock, roll and ramble in their new album "Hot Damn!" Laced with rock-a-billy, funk, blues, and southern rock rhythms, each song is a combination of original beats and outstanding lyrics.

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.

OPINIONS
AZ's dead statute walking
Summerlin v. Stewart may not end up before the Supreme Court until April, but ASU students got a sneak peak Monday night as lawyers for both sides presented their arguments in the Great Hall at the College of Law. John Todd, an Arizona deputy attorney general, and Ken Murray, an assistant federal public defender, gave rough oral arguments before a crowd of about 200 in preparation for yet another strange chapter in Arizona's capital case history.

Too bad it doesn't stay in Mexico
"I can't wait to get our pictures. We were so wasted. Did he really cheat on his girlfriend. I was rolling, like, the whole time. What was her name again?" We smile. We nod. We hope and pray they'll just stop and realize that they are horrible storytellers or that you had to be there.

Editorial: The most difficult job on campus
The numbers don't lie. Twenty-six percent of ASU resident assistants left Residential Life in the past eight months, a turnover rate nearly four times that of UA during that time. But maybe the most important number is this: zero. That's the number of current RAs who would agree to speak with The State Press for today's in-depth story on Residential Life.

Today's top story: nerds now in power
Something unusual was on the front page of CNN's Web site the other day. Next to the usual headlines about Spain, Hamas and John Kerry was an article titled "Save 'Angel' campaign takes flight." That's right, alongside worldwide terrorism and presidential campaign coverage was the noble letter-writing effort started by spurned fans of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spin-off who were trying to save the show from cancellation by the WB network.

COMICS
F-minus
A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

W.M.U.
A comic strip by Joe Bowen

Ship of Fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

Haiku Circus
A comic strip by Ken Sakamoto

WEB EXTRA
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.

SPORTS
New drills designed to bring toughness to spring football
Both ASU head football coach Dirk Koetter and defensive captain, senior strong safety, Riccardo Stewart believe a new addition to spring football will enhance the level of toughness, an element the team sorely lacked during a disappointing 4-8 campaign last season.

Diving: Puhakka carries heavy expectations
As the ASU men's swimming and diving team heads to head to East Meadow, N.Y. for the NCAA Championships Thursday through Saturday, only one Sun Devil bears the weight of high expectations. Sophomore Joona Puhakka, the reigning NCAA champion on the 1-meter springboard, has been depended on heavily throughout the season.

W Hoops: Stanford reaches Sweet Sixteen
Phoenix native and Pac-10 Player of the Year Nicole Powell made sure her final collegiate trip to the Valley of the Sun was a memorable one. The Stanford senior forward led the Cardinal into the Sweet Sixteen by scoring 23 points and pulling down 11 boards as sixth-seeded Stanford knocked off third-seeded Oklahoma 68-43 on Monday night at Wells Fargo Arena.

Hump Day Hoopla: Another return for J.R.
How many of you have ever suffered a broken bone? Okay, now how many of you have had a broken bone in the facial area? Okay, what about two breaks in a bone in the facial area? What about three? Four? Okay, how about more than 20? That is what happened to Philadelphia Flyers center Jeremy Roenick during a hockey game on Feb.

Devil dish: Drexel should stick to hockey
Sports Editor Chris Drexel is a pretty knowledgeable guy when it comes to sports. He has innumerable reasons as to why Jeremy Roenick is better then Joe Sakic and he can easily explain the ins and outs of the nickel defense. But there is one thing Mr. Drexel has no clue about: March Madness.

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