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Bill would educate illegal students
Biochemistry freshman Karina Ruiz is different from most other ASU students -- according to the U.S. government, she doesn't exist.

She is 4 feet 11 inches tall with wide, almond-shaped eyes. Wearing jeans and a T-shirt, Ruiz resembles many of her fellow classmates, but the United States doesn't recognize her as a citizen of the country.

Students elected to top programming board spots
ASU students elected a new president and vice president of ASU's Programming and Activities Board on Friday -- the same two students originally appointed by the board about three weeks ago.

The election followed an April 12 decision by the student government Supreme Court that said PAB acted unconstitutionally when it appointed the officers in late March without consulting the student body. The court ordered the board to hold a public election by April 23.

Woman works to help female prisoners
Gloria Killian, a California woman who was wrongfully convicted of robbery and murder, believes it was not only her destiny to spend 16 years in prison, but also her mission.

Now, more than two years after her release, Killian is continuing the work she began in prison by advocating for humane treatment of female prisoners. She also works for the release of wrongly convicted battered women who have been implicated in the deaths of their abusers.

Police Beat: New Yorker reportedily tells manager to "Fuhgeddabodit"
Tempe police reported the following incidents Sunday: A 20-year-old Long Beach, N.Y. man was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct near the 500 block of South Mill Avenue. He allegedly was with a friend who was trying to get into the Library bar with fake identification.

Texas journalist speaks about Juarez murders
Juarez, Mexico resident Irma Monreal wanted only to give her daughter Esmeralda a quincinera like every other 15-year-old Hispanic girl. But the $600 Monreal saved went not to the celebration she had been planning, but for Esmeralda's funeral following her brutal murder.

Cardboard boat contest raises money for charity
Creative construction and several layers of paint helped dozens of soggy cardboard boats stay afloat on Tempe Town Lake Saturday. The Rotary River Rally's Great Cardboard Boat Regatta, now in its fifth year, is the longest-running annual event at Tempe Town Lake, said Jim Lemmon, a member of the Rio Salado Rotary Club, which planned the event.

Stage Presents Hair-raising rock 'n' roll
How can you not love a musical that has lines like, "Amber Von Tussle, you have acne of the soul!"? Hairspray, a musical adaptation of the John Waters movie, shimmied its way through two hours of '60s pop goodness at Gammage Auditorium on Tuesday night. The set design, the singing and the dancing all sparkled with an irresistible exuberance-which is a bit surprising, considering the play is about racial hatred in the 1960s.

Stage Presents: Mars attacks!
As John Gray explains in the no. 1, best-selling book of the last decade, Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus: "Once upon a time Martians and Venusians met, fell in love, and had happy relationships together because they respected and accepted their differences.

Reel Life: It's already dead
Who is to blame for the ever-growing ego of writer-director Quentin Tarantino? There is no question his first films, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, are classics (especially the latter film), but his last two films, Kill Bill, Vol.1 and his newest, Kill Bill, Vol.

First Person: Sharp shock
I couldn't breathe. I couldn't breathe through my nose that is. The infamous summer cold caught me, along with half the students on campus. During class, I sat open-mouthed feeling like a tired, panting dog on a hot day, completely miserable. Something had to be done.

Idolize IT: He bangs!
Even if you've never watched an episode of "American Idol," you know who he is: the underdog-turned-hero, William Hung. Once, your average Berkeley engineering student from China, now, he is a superstar creating a cult of fans. You would be lying if you said you haven't seen him on TV or even seen someone do an impression of him.

Down IT Cool ways to get toasted
Imagine taking a shot and then eating your shot glass as a chaser. A new element and marketing tool in the world of alcohol consumption has been introduced with Arctic IceShots and can let you do just that. Essentially, IceShots are molds that can be filled with juice, mixers, alcohol, gelatin or virtually anything liquid you could possibly want to consume.

Atta Bui: Queen 'be'
I wonder how many of you people read this thing. I don't waste away in this artificially lit dungeon and crank out this little column to wait for fame and fortune to roll in. After all, Atta Bui is for your benefit. So, I suggest if you haven't already, spread the word, and let the world know there's goodness to be had by pouring over every single word that appears in this corner of SPM each week.

Editorial: Residency plan a pipe DREAM
The Development Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2003, if passed, would give undocumented students over 16 years of age, who have lived in the United States for more than five years, conditional residency. The Act provides for states to make their own determination on residency, but as the language of the legislation now reads, residential status would be all or nothing.

PBS gets sexy, 1628-style
It has become a full-fledged cultural phenomenon. From MTV's long-running "The Real World" to more recent hits "Survivor," "American Idol" and "The Apprentice," it seems America's appetite for reality TV shows is insatiable. Reality TV in itself is a vague term.

Letters to the editor
Transparent government In regard to Wednesday's article, "Student senators question election commission's decision" (April 14), I felt it necessary to clarify exactly why I have raised certain issues in regard to this matter. It is not that I am intent on levying allegations of wrongdoing at Undergraduate Student Government President Goad or any other individual involved in this election.

Coffee debacle stunts progress for homeless
Civil rights are being violated, innocent people are being jailed, the seriously ill are being denied appropriate respect and even the military is under suspicion. It may sound like a B-movie plot, or something straight out of Guantanamo Bay. But we're talking about the Coffee Plantation on Mill Avenue.

A comic strip by Tony Carrillo

A comic strip by Joe Bowen

Ship of fools
A comic strip by Alexander Karlsson

New Comic: Q.E.D.
A comic strip by Brian Lewis

Haiku Circus
A comic strip by Ken Sakamoto

Dive into summer
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Lacrosse: Cats scratch Devils
The ASU men's lacrosse team lost to their biggest rival Saturday night, the University of Arizona Wildcats, 11-3. It was the Sun Devils final game of the season. "They're a good team," said Ethan Furtek, Senior Goaltender for the Devils. "But, we played these guys in the fall and they beat us a lot worse.

Devil Dish: King James right choice
According to, Cleveland's LeBron James has beaten out the Denver Nuggets' Carmelo Anthony for NBA Rookie of the Year. As much as I would've liked to see Anthony win the award, James is the right choice. James averaged 20 points, five rebounds and five assists for the season, only the third rookie ever to accomplish the feat.

Kelly crowned national champion
LOS ANGELES -- What looked to be one very dark cloud of a weekend ended up having a tremendous silver lining for the ASU gymnastics team.

While the Sun Devils proved that, as a program, they were not quite ready to defeat the nation's elite squads, sophomore Ashley Kelly proved she could contend with all comers.

Baseball loses heartbreaker to Bruins
LOS ANGELES -- If pitching coaches got frequent flier miles for each trip to the mound, Sunday's game between ASU and UCLA would have driven United Airlines to bankruptcy. In a game that featured 14 different pitchers and several changes in momentum, the UCLA Bruins defeated ASU 11-10 to salvage the final game of a three-game series in Los Angeles this weekend.

Football: Offense explodes late in spring game
The ASU football team ended its 2004 spring practices much the same way the 2003 season finished up, with the offense clicking and a host of unanswered questions. And just like has been the case the last two years, senior quarterback Andrew Walter had the hot hand, while the Sun Devil secondary did not appear too sharp, as ASU competed in the annual spring football game on Saturday at Sun Devil stadium.

Tennis teams fall to Wildcats
Losing a regular season finale is bad enough. But losing a regular season finale to your most loathed rival? That hurts even more. Both the ASU men's and women's tennis teams know the feeling, as each had its chance. But each team ultimately ended up falling to UA on Saturday.

Softball drops threemore games on road
To say the ASU softball team's offense is struggling is like saying Michael Jordan was just a so-so basketball player; it would be a gross understatement. The Sun Devils (30-21) were held to just one hit and shut out for the fifth consecutive time on Sunday as the team dropped its seventh straight game in Pac-10 action.

Throwers have success at track and field meet
After hosting their own prestigious tournament, the Sun Angel Classic on April 10, the ASU track and field team traveled to Walnut, Calif., to run in the Mt. SAC Relays, one of the country's biggest track events. While the number of athletes traveling west was limited, success was not, as the team recorded four top five finishes and one win.

Saindon completes 2004 volleyball signing class
After signing five players in his first recruiting class, ASU volleyball head coach Brad Saindon went north of the border to find his sixth and final addition to next year's team. Colette Meek, a 6-foot-1 middle blocker and outside hitter from Alberta, Canada, just signed to play for ASU next season.

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