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Mervyn' out

Andrea Bloom / THE STATE PRESS
MOVIN' IN | Construction on a Wal-Mart is slated to begin on the northwest corner of Southern Avenue and Rural Road in 2008.

Love it or hate it, Wal-Mart is making it a lot easier for students and other north Tempe residents to shop at its stores.


Beer in one hand, a smoke in the other and a possible link

Political science junior Paul Castillo doesn't smoke cigarettes, except when he drinks.





With new provider, there's a victory for Living Wage Coalition
ASU's Living Wage Coalition declared victory this week after the University finalized its food service agreement with new provider ARAMARK.

Textbook prices on agenda for regents' meeting
Textbook prices will be one of the focuses of the Arizona Board of Regents meeting today in the Memorial Union.


Would you like biblical verses with that?
How many customers have noticed the Bible scriptures printed on the bottom of their In-N-Out cup or wrappers?

BLOG: ASU Coachella Blog
Today's the day. The Coachella music festival has started. Sam Gavin will be updating live from Indio, photos included. READ MORE AT | asucoachella.blogspot.com


Relievers get work in blowout win

Eric Binns / THE STATE PRESS

Most of the Sun Devils' bullpen got to taste the Rainbow Wednesday night.


Devil hosts conference championships

The ASU water polo team will go for a conference title this weekend as it welcomes the rest of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation to the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center for the 2007 MPSF Championships.


First Pac-10 crown in 11 years
The No. 1 ASU women's golf team earned its fourth consecutive tournament victory at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships in Seattle.

The Sun Devils won a conference-record seventh Pac-10 Championship, but their first in years.


Devil Dish
Met Dennis Erickson yesterday. Interviewed him in his office for half an hour. Must say, I was impressed.


Opinions: Sometimes it is healthy to remember that all that glitters may not be gold

HANSON: Reflecting upon our time at ASU, a fellow student made the startling claim that President Michael Crow's performance at the helm of ASU has not warranted close to the type of praise it has received. He added that the Arizona Board of Regents should keep a close eye on Crow, and that the possibility of firing Crow should remain on the table.

With all of the positive publicity surrounding the expansion of ASU under the presidency of Crow, it isn't too often we hear the criticism that Crow's policies aren't delivering tangible results. If there is one trait for which Crow is known, it would be his demand for meeting clear, identifiable standards.

Opinions: Parting words of wisdom and a few favorite memories

THOMPSON: Sometimes a goodbye is happy. Sometimes a goodbye is sad. Sometimes you don't exactly know what goodbye means.

This time, I'm feeling a little bit of all three.

I'm graduating. From college.

Hold on, I have to write that again. I'm graduating from college.

They say they're going to give me the diploma and all.


Opinions: Enough is enough
We all know appearances aren't everything. But in a government that depends on the trust of its citizens, they are sure important.


On the Cover: Not business as usual

Sam Nalven / STATE PRESS MAGAZINE

It's what small businesses, like art galleries and cafes, complain about in areas where artsy enclaves are replaced with corporate centers. Areas where contemporary galleries and alternative eateries lose business because light rail construction and condo conversions.


Tents, water and saltines

While most ASU students will spend this weekend partying, relaxing or studying for finals, some will trade the comforts of their college lives for a cardboard box to sleep in and a stack of saltine crackers to eat.


SPM Summer Travel: Weekend Getaways
Consider skipping town for the weekend and checking out one of these nearby destinations.


Saving souls, one Sun Devil at a time
Kyle Bagwell blends into the crowd of ASU students - until he stands on the steps surrounding the Memorial Union fountain, shouting Bible verses and philosophy for all to hear.


Brite's Bites: A reason to stay up all night
Well, faithful SPMers, this is it: the last Brite's Bites. And so to end, I would like to start at the beginning: breakfast.


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