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Tempe hosts professional beach volleyball


David Lukens / THE STATE PRESS
Kerri Walsh tips the ball over the net during last year's AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour in Tempe. The tour will be played this weekend at the Tempe Beach Park starting today.
More than 150 professional athletes will bump, set and spike on the shores of Tempe Town Lake this weekend for the third annual Association of Volleyball Professionals Tempe Open beach volleyball tournament.

"We're turning Tempe Beach Park into a beach," said Leonard Armato, commissioner of the AVP. Tempe and AVP will dump 20 tons of sand onto existing volleyball courts at the park for the tournament.

Election Commission rules on complaints

The Associated Students of ASU Election Commission has made three verdicts on the 21 complaints it received about the Undergraduate Student Government presidential and vice-presidential elections.

Greta Baranowski, one of three students who is on the commission, said they hope to have everything cleared up early next week. However, schedule conflicts between the commissioners are increasing as the semester ends, making it difficult for them to meet.

Jewish community prepares for Passover celebration

Jewish students will take time out for family and community when Passover begins on Saturday.

Jonathan Berg, program director for ASU Hillel, said Passover, a celebration to remember the Jewish exodus from Egypt, focuses on community more than any other Jewish holiday. Hillel will hold events open to everyone through the week to celebrate, including a Seder meal Saturday evening.
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Questions surround Walter in NFL draft


File photo / THE STATE PRESS
Former ASU quarterback Andrew Walter is considered a late second- or early third-round pick in Saturday's NFL draft. Walter is just four months removed from surgery to repair a separated shoulder that he suffered in the regular-season finale against UA.
The day has finally come for former ASU quarterback Andrew Walter to showcase his skills at the highest level. On Saturday, Walter will trade in his maroon and gold jersey for a new uniform, a new playbook and a boatload of cash.

The NFL draft figures to be joyous for Walter. It's bittersweet for ASU fans.
The Sun Devils are losing their all-time leader in touchdown passes, passing yards, attempts, completions, interception percentage and total offense.
SPORTS

Pair of administrators emerge in AD search

President Michael Crow isn't considering any internal candidates to succeed Gene Smith as athletic director. That doesn't mean his search will venture far from home.
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Knowing their roots


Brandon Quester / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE
Former president of the Navajo Nation, Peterson Zah is now the special adviser of American Indian Affairs to President Michael Crow.
From under a white tent on Hayden Lawn, members of ASU's American Indian Council sell tacos and fry bread. In the background, contestants for Ms. Indian ASU and other organization members parade down a runway for the American Indian fashion show.

The event marks the start of ASU's Native American Culture Week, which will culminate this weekend with a powwow on the band practice fields. The week is the only time every year that ASU's relatively tiny American Indian population becomes one of the most visible.
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On Campus: Super seniors

Van Wilder may have officially glamorized being a seventh-year senior in "National Lampoon's Van Wilder," in which he speeds around in a customized golf cart and scouts campus for hot girls at the expense of his father's paycheck.

But the reality of the title is that being a super senior is not always such a glamorous life. Whether they simply enjoy learning or just can't seem to finish a major, partying is often the last thing on their agendas.
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