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Prop. 300 protesters take to the streets

Courtney Sargent / THE STATE PRESS
Former NAU Spanish professor Mercedes Mercado-Ochoa voices her opinion to a crowd of reporters and fellow opponents of Proposition 300 Monday outside Old Main at ASU.
"No la trescientos" - "No on 300," was the chant heard at Old Main Monday as students and community members set off on a 15-mile march to the state Capitol in protest of Proposition 300.

If passed, the proposition would make only citizens or legal residents of the United States eligible for in-state status and state financial aid for higher education.

The group, calling themselves Students Against 300, left for the Capitol at 9:30 a.m. and arrived about five hours later.

The purpose of the march was to raise awareness of the harm the proposition could do, said Ed Hermes, Arizona Board of Regents student regent.

"On the face of Proposition 300, it doesn't seem like that bad of a thing," Hermes, a political science and history senior, said. "But when you're educated about it, the majority of Arizonans will understand how bad it would impact the higher-education system and students."

Obama: All deserve college

All American students deserve an affordable college education, Sen. Barack Obama said at his Tempe appearance Monday.

"Every child should see a decent education and be able to afford to go to college, even if he is not rich," said Obama, D-Ill., speaking to several hundred supporters in front of Tempe's City Hall. "That's what this country was built on."

Burgess to continue at cornerback

ASU wide receiver Rudy Burgess receives the ball for the Sun Devil 20-yard line during Saturday evening’s game against USC in Los Angeles.
In a move that has been in the works since the ASU football team's spring practices, Rudy Burgess has finally become a cornerback.

The junior, whose position change was prompted by the recent knee injury of junior cornerback Chris Baloney, has played several positions including tailback, wide receiver and kick returner while at ASU and received praise from his teammates for his unselfishness.

"He wants to do whatever he can for the team," senior defensive end Kyle Caldwell said. "What more could you ask for? That's how we want all of our players to be. Rudy is a good athlete and it's to our advantage to be able to play him at multiple positions."

Burgess made three solo tackles from his new position on Saturday against Stanford.

"I think I did pretty well for my first game at cornerback," Burgess said. "We used a nice rotation to keep me healthy and fresh on the field. It was fun.

"At the beginning they were going up top and throwing some short routes to test the waters a little bit, but I think I covered them pretty well."

Soccer running out of time to save season

The ASU women's soccer team has had its share of tough losses since conference play began three weeks ago.

The Sun Devils slid into the Pac-10 cellar this weekend with a pair of home losses.

On The Cover: Star Struck

Addictions to celebrity gossip seem to be a growing phenomenon. But is there a point when these obsessions can become unhealthy?
Star. People. US Weekly.

We all see them as we stand in line at the grocery store, holding our boxes of Wheat Thins and bottles of Grey Goose vodka, waiting for the old woman in front of us to count out her pennies.

Some of us will glance at the latest picture of Nicole Richie's emaciated body and turn the other way, preferring to stare at the variety of flavors of gum rather than look at the paparazzi's pictures of her running on the beach. But others will grab the magazines and pore over every detail of the celebrities splashed across each glossy page.

With the rise of the get-it-now information available 24/7 on the Internet, it's easier than ever to get the latest gossip on Hollywood. And it seems that now more than ever, people really want it. Some students seem to care more about celebrities' lives than their own. And with gossip blogs, celebrity-magazine Web sites and stories about the latest fight on the set of "Grey's Anatomy" surfacing even on hard-news sites like, even those who don't care can't escape the coverage.

Don't be afraid to give new album a try

It would be hard not to gear one's attention to this band simply from the album's title.

The sheer length of it, accompanied by its random threat to a hypothetic person, definitely sparks intrigue.

Upon researching the band, what is even lengthier than the album title is the span of Yo La Tengo's career.
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