Routing Question w/ Separators

How can I create a route that resembles ""?

I have tried this using:
map.connect "news/page.:page", :controller => "article", :action =>

I get "". It gives me the separator as part of
the URL, which I do not want. How can i separate text from symbol in
my route without having a separator (ie. / or .) from appearing as
well? Thanks!