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Strikers stage campus march


Ashley Lowery / THE STATE PRESS
Students and workers on strike from Great Western Erectors march through campus during a protest Thursday. The company is currently constructing the McAllister Village on campus.

"Sin justicia no hay paz," striking steelworker Juan Daniel Ramirez yelled through a bullhorn. "No justice, no peace."

Ramirez was one of nearly 40 construction workers and ASU students who marched through campus Thursday protesting Great Western Erectors' treatment of its workers.

His chant is indicative of how the protestors plan to keep pressure on the company, which employs workers on ASU's McAllister Academic Village residence hall construction site.

ASU's Young Democrats have collected more than 1,000 signatures on letters to be sent to the company's president today.

"We're not going to stop until he treats his workers like they deserve."

ASU searching for downtown housing options

High-rise condominiums and lofts could dominate the landscape of downtown Phoenix within 10 years, but most housing options in the works near ASU's new Downtown campus would likely burst student wallets.

The city could add 10,000 housing units by 2015 as part of Phoenix's downtown revitalization plan, but none of it is meant for students, said Pat Grady, director of Phoenix's Downtown Development Office.

Student reps approve meal plan

The Undergraduate Student Government Senate and Residence Hall Association approved versions of a proposal that would make meal plans mandatory for all students living on campus next fall.

The student senate approved the proposal as it was presented by the meal plan committee at its meeting Tuesday, but RHA passed a series of recommendations to improve the proposal Thursday night.
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Losing streak tests fans' patience, sales still strong


Ashley Lowery / THE STATE PRESS
Spanish education senior Krystal Thomas helps paint the run-through banner on Hayden Lawn Thursday for the homecoming football game Saturday against the University of Washington.

With a three-game losing streak dashing any major bowl chances, the ASU football program has seen its one-time No. 14 national ranking plummet out of the spotlight.

But even with the Sun Devils' inconsistent play, one thing remains steadfast: a steady flow of fan support.

More than 55,000 tickets were sold as of Thursday morning for Saturday's game, only 4,000 tickets short of what ASU sold for last year's homecoming game against Stanford.

FOOTBALL

Football: Fourth loss would slam door on bowl hopes

After a tumultuous few weeks, the ASU football team has problems, and it hopes Washington can be the remedy.

The Huskies march into town with a single win and an 0-4 record in Pac-10 play. Last season, they finished the year 1-10.

But the Sun Devils are having well-documented problems of their own. The team has had trouble getting motivated recently, had two punts blocked against Stanford and is dealing with an uncertain quarterback situation.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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.
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On Campus: The Long Way

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.
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Religion: Witch Hunt

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.
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