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RAs won't lay down law in new dorms

Students living in Hassayampa Academic Village caught with alcohol or drugs next year may deal with police aides instead of resident assistants.

Relying more heavily on police aides won't be the only thing that sets the Village apart from other residence halls. Hassayampa's staff will also include wellness advocates, a health educator, a psychologist, a substance-abuse expert, peer mentors and live-in tutors, said Amy Greenland, assistant director of residential communities.

A sense of security

Business sophomore Michael Ryback received a shock when he approached his red sedan in Parking Lot 63 one Sunday night in March. Ryback was planning to meet his friends for dinner and was walking to his car when he noticed something was wrong.

"When I approached the car, everything looked normal until I looked through the front driver's side window and saw broken glass all over the front passenger's seat," he said. "I remembered thinking, 'What the hell is that?'"

Disabilities add challenges to navigation

When psychology freshman Ashley Burke tried to attend a movie in Murdock Lecture Hall last month, she didn't expect her disability to keep her out.

Gymnastics: Kelly finishes third on uneven bars

The NCAA Championships didn't go exactly the way Ashley Kelly planned, but at least ASU's most accomplished gymnast ever got to perform one last time.

Kelly finished third in the nation on the uneven bars competition at nationals Saturday in Corvallis, Ore., by scoring a 9.8375 in the event. Courtney Kupets of Georgia and Utah's Kristina Baskett finished tied for first, a fraction of a point better at 9.85.

Water polo: Devils boosted by final home win

By avenging an early season loss, the Sun Devils sent their seniors and the home crowd a going-away present Saturday.

The No. 11 ASU water polo team (13-11, 5-7 MPSF) upset No. 8 San Diego State (20-10, 5-7 MPSF) in the last game of the season, 5-4, on Saturday at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.

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

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

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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