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New Provost announced for ASU

I am writing to share the good news that Elizabeth "Betty" Capaldi, vice chancellor and chief of staff at the State University of New York, Albany, has been chosen as ASU's new provost and executive vice president. She succeeds Milt Glick, who is leaving ASU to become president of the University of Nevada, Reno, and will assume her new post in August.

Tempe's day normal as nation goes without immigrants

Tempe-area businesses were largely unaffected by a nationwide, predominantly Hispanic boycott in support of immigration reform. Across the country, many Latinos did not work or purchase items in an effort national organizers termed "A Day Without an Immigrant." El Paro, a Philadelphia organization that supports immigrant rights, sponsored the protest.

Breaking News: Bomb squad removes possible explosives from campus

Tempe's bomb squad removed a can believed to contain explosive material from campus Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The can belonged to a professor going on sabbatical who was cleaning out her office in the Engineering Center, A-Wing, said Sgt. Jim Hardina of the ASU Department of Public Safety.

USG plans to step up city lobbying

Undergraduate Student Government had a quiet presence at Tempe City Council meetings this semester, but USG's incoming president said he hopes to change that this fall. USG will hire a new Tempe City Council assistant director within its government relations department this week, said USG president-elect Ross Meyer.

Puhakka big winner at Sparkys

Christopher Atwood / THE STATE PRESS
The national champion salsa team, including ASU men's golfer Charly Simon, perform at the Sparky Awards, held at Gammage Auditorium Monday.
ASU diver Joona Puhakka was all smiles Monday night after he was announced the Male Athlete of the Year at the third annual Sparky Awards ceremony at Gammage Auditorium. It was one of 17 awards handed out at the ceremony, which honored ASU's student-athletes for the fall and spring semesters of 2005. "I feel so proud to be nominated ASU athlete of the year," Puhakka said. "There are a ton of great athletes at ASU, so it's an amazing honor that out of all the student-athletes I was voted the best."

The Spring 2006 All-State-Press Team

The votes have been tallied, and here is the list of the Spring 2006 All-State-Press Team:

Take it like a woman

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On a small wooden rink toward the back of Castle Sports Club in Phoenix, 20 women race around on roller skates throwing large rubber balls at each other.

The balls are flying everywhere -- an exercise in learning to spot when a skater is coming up behind you. Skaters smash into walls and into each other. Every few minutes, someone takes a nasty spill onto the rink's starkly painted blue floor.

Outside this small circle, it's still largely a man's world. But inside, the women of the Arizona Roller Derby League are, literally, hell on wheels. They skate fast and viciously with the motto, "Get down and derby," they suffer broken bones and bruises and they often get into fist fights.

Remodeling: Haunted Past

The eyes of many sick and diseased men, women and children watched over ASU's Tempe campus from the school's Community Services Building more than 20 years ago, but some say that the spirits of these ill patients still roam its halls.

England's Bloc Party hits Tempe

The Tempe Town Lake bridge was lined with people Thursday night. They were on their way to the Marquee Theatre to see the pre-Coachella performance of Bloc Party. The band, out of Essex, England, which was on its way to the Southern California music festival, and made a pit stop in Tempe for its first Arizona performance.
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