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Arizona considers commuter rail

Trains carrying thousands of passengers could someday share the same tracks where freight trains often stop Tempe traffic. The Maricopa Association of Governments will soon look into implementing a statewide commuter rail system, said Roger Herzog, senior project manager for transportation. Commuter rail uses existing railroads to transport passengers across long distances, typically from outlying cities to metropolitan job centers, Herzog said.

"It's a relatively high-speed, comfortable mode of travel," Herzog said. Maximum speeds along two possible rail routes currently range from 15 to 60 mph, according to a 2003 MAG study. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe line extends from Phoenix to Williams in northern Arizona.

Horowitz: Liberal profs can pose a danger to students

There are hundreds of liberal professors across the U.S. promoting their views in classrooms, and that environment is dangerous for students, David Horowitz, a conservative commentator and author, said on campus Thursday.

Horowitz was at ASU at the invitation of the College Republicans, who invited the author to speak about his book, "The Professors," in order to conclude their Conservative Pride Week.

Global Studies program gets official kickoff today

A new school at ASU will tackle themes as varied as immigration, health and disease and the environment, its director said.

The School of Global Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences officially launches today.
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Devils get final tuneup against San Diego State


Deanna Dent / THE STATE PRESS
Junior all-around Lindsay Williams passes the ball to a teammate during a game against the California Golden Bears earlier this season.
Saturday will be the last opportunity for the ASU water Polo team to show its skills in front of a home crowd as it closes out the regular season. And for the eight seniors, this weekend will mark their last game in the maroon and gold at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The No. 11 Sun Devils (12-11, 4-7 MPSF) will take on No. 8 San Diego State (19-9, 5-6 MPSF) in the final conference game of the year. For the fans, it will be the last opportunity to see the first class of recruited Sun Devils compete four years and graduate from ASU.
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Baseball: Devils get chance to buck trend

When No. 10 ASU takes on UCLA tonight at Jackie Robinson Stadium, it will be looking to reverse a trend it has established through its first three Pac-10 series.
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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.
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Strange Education: Out of the Shadows

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.
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Feminism: Show Us Where the Babies Feed

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.
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