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Border Patrol

Photo courtesy of Ryan Riedel As hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered in downtown Phoenix in mid-April to voice their dissatisfaction with anti-immigration legislation, two former ASU students were quietly continuing their own form of protest 30 miles southwest of Tucson. Ryan Riedel and Ray Ybarra are keeping a close eye on the civilian border watchdogs, the Minutemen.

Both men graduated from ASU with degrees in religious studies, though Ybarra is three years Ryan's senior. Both studied under religious studies professor Ken Morrison, who introduced them last year. Like many new graduates, Riedel says he was unsure of exactly what he wanted to do. He met his inspiration in the form of a 23-year-old cyclist who was bicycling his way from coast to coast.

Strange Education: Out of the Shadows
Think you're stressed? Undocumented students live in constant fear of deportation and know they can't work after graduation. It was a long time ago, but 23-year-old ASU student Luz* will never forget the day she ducked through a hole in a fence somewhere near the Mexican border town of Nogales and found herself in America.

Feminism: Show Us Where the Babies Feed

Photo courtesy of KRT WireAriel Levy, author of Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Rauch Culture, questions whether the sexual backlash to the anti-porn feminism of the 1970s is empowering or derogatory. I remember the event clearly. It was a weekend night at some awful bar that caters to dewy-eyed ASU students, eager to live out their MTV fantasies. The dance floor (and I use the term "dance" loosely) was packed, girls were wasted and guys were either a) watching or b) standing in as a human stripper pole as some stumbly gyrating girl went to town.

New Geography: Will Phoenix Fry?
Photo illustrationArizona residents might really feel the burn if something isn't done to slow the effects of global warming. Temperatures rising 10 degrees by 2080 might not seem that bad -- until you remember how hot it already gets here in the summer. Ah Arizona, the land of sunshine. For sun-worshipers who love laying out by the pool and soaking up the sun almost all year long, the Valley is an ideal place. But will that enjoyment turn into a nightmare if people keep on releasing as much carbon dioxide as they do now?

Top 5: Ways to learn more about yourself

Photo courtesy of KRT Wire Backpack through Europe or study abroad without the security of your pals. This could be your chance to do and see things you want to, not do and see what your little brother, your parents or your girlfriend want to. Exploring places on your own forces you to rely on yourself.

It's All Relative: Is There Life After College?
I recently turned 21 -- a milestone that was significant to me, for the most part, because I could finally stop feeling like a child when everyone else at the dinner table ordered a glass of wine and I was stuck with a Shirley Temple.

My mom, however, saw turning 21 as having implications beyond legal drinking.

Fashion: Are you an emotional shopper?
It's tough to admit that you're a shopping addict. Shopping for basic necessities is one thing, but shopping can be used as an outlet for people to cope with stress, sadness and anger. At the same time, some people shop to celebrate or because they are in a good mood. Such behavior could do a lot of damage to your wallet. Take our quiz to decide if you need to keep your spending habits in check.

Local Limelight: Q & A With Wesley Hilsabeck

Photo courtesy of the January Taxi There's something distinctly intimate about the laid-back acoustic strummings of California-native Wesley Hilsabeck -- as if he's inviting you into his bedroom for a private performance. Perhaps it's the $80 four-track cassette recorder that he produces all his music on.

"Over-produced music frustrates me to no end," he says of his bare-bones sound. "There's just something special about minimalist recording -- I mean I want to be able to hear the chair creak in the background, you know."

Off Key: Cover Me
I had kind of a prejudice against acoustic music when I was a kid - acoustic guitars called to mind a monochromatic spectrum of performers singing ballads about life in the country, feminists singing about the cruel oppression of middle-class existence, or, worse, overwrought, angst-ridden twenty-somethings singing quasi-poetic lyrics about former girlfriends to crowds of screaming pre-teen girls.

This contrasted sharply, of course, with the electric bands I favored, who chose instead to scream about the oppression of middle-class existence while pre-teen boys smashed into each other below.

Gadget Corner: Google in Your Pocket
Thinking about saying "hello" to impress that cute French exchange student next to you in class? Google can help you on the spot.

Just type in "translate 'hi' in French" on your cell phone and send the message to the number 46645 -- essentially "Google" for your phone. Before you know it, you'll get a reply from Google saying "salut" is your word.

Liner Notes: CD reviews
Listening to a Flaming Lips record is a lot like attending a college film festival: You're expecting it to be completely weird and you know you probably won't understand the artists' "vision," but for some reason you like it anyway. At War With The Mystics marks 20 years of experimental sounds and enigmatic lyrics from the Flaming Lips. On this album, Wayne Coyne toys with a wide range of vocal styles, while the rest of the band alternates tempos, instruments and electronic noises so consistently that "eclectic" may be the only accurate description. "The W.A.N.D." is a key track, sort of the aural equivalent of 1970s films about the future. Fortunately, most songs on this album are as catchy as they are weird. --

What's Happening: Calendar
From car accidents to cancer patients, tragedies happen all around us every day. But sometimes you see something that's so terrible, you just can't ignore it. That's the aim of "Invisible Children," a film made by three young filmmakers who flew from Southern California to Africa in search of a story. They found one: the thousands of children who are abducted and abused, used as soldiers and pawns in the 20-year-long war that is raging in Northern Uganda. The film evolved into a nonprofit organization called Invisible Children, Inc. See the film on April 22 at the Three Roots Coffee House (1020 S. Mill Ave., Tempe) and enjoy music and dancing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. But whatever you do, don't just pass this off as another tragedy to ignore.

From the Edge: Editorial
I'm tired of people wanting an easy way out. The world is a big place, filled with big, nuanced problems that require complicated solutions.

I'm disheartened by the number of people I observe lately championing easy solutions. I don't even want to talk about the number of people I see championing no solution, zoning out in front of a "20-20" interview with Tom Cruise (OMG! He's so crazy! Will his baby be a girl or a boy?) The no-solution people are a topic for a whole other conversation.

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