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Crow lowers tuition-hike proposal to 6.5 percent

Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
ASU President Michael Crow announced Tuesday that he will ask the Arizona Board of Regents to increase in-state undergraduate tuition rates by 6.5 percent for next school year.
ASU President Michael Crow has lowered his tuition-increase proposal for resident undergraduates for the 2006-07 school year to 6.5 percent in hopes the state Legislature will provide additional funding for higher education. Crow presented an 8.5 percent tuition increase to the Arizona Board of Regents at their March meeting. At the same meeting, Undergraduate Student Government proposed a 4.5 percent tuition increase, to account for the rate of inflation plus 1 percent for financial aid.

"This proposal is a compromise," Crow said. Corrine Widmer, USG president, said the administration's lower proposal is a good start. "Obviously we were hoping that we have tuition around the rate of inflation," Widmer said. "But since the Legislature hasn't come out with a budget, [the administration] is risking a lot with a 6.5 percent proposal."

Church and the state university

ASU Polytechnic must decide where religion fits into its campus -- literally. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants to purchase part of the campus. The Church would then own the block of land directly west of University residence halls and north of classrooms.

After months of discussion with University officials, LDS filed an official proposal to purchase land on the corner of Sterling and Loop roads to build an Institute of Religion in February.

Student dies of meningitis infection

Known as "Mattie Matt" to his friends, journalism freshman Matt Bevil's profile on describes him as a young bartender and student who hoped to have children one day.

Golf: Lemke within range of Pac-10 title

A conference title is within Niklas Lemke's grasp. The ASU junior golfer from Linkoping, Sweden remains in second place heading into the final round of competition at the Pac-10 Championship in Palm Desert, Calif.

Lemke's birdie on the 11th hole was the difference in his 1-under 70 score in the third round Tuesday. Lemke has been in second place for the duration of the tournament to this point. His overall score of 6-under 207 keeps him within two shots of UCLA's Daniel Im for the lead.

Softball: Sun Devils not feeling any road woes

The ASU softball team never minds playing at Farrington Stadium, but it may be better off on the road this weekend when traveling to take on No. 14 Washington and No. 1 UCLA in their own backyards.

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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