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Class of 2021 carries on whitewash tradition

ASU freshmen participate in time-honored tradition of whitewashing the "A."
Painting the "A" white symbolizes a fresh start to the students' college career.
August 21, 2017

ASU's newest freshmen introduced to one of the school's oldest rituals over the weekend

It's a tradition that started in the 1930s and is still going strong. 

For the past eight-plus decades, Arizona State University's freshmen make the short hike up "A" Mountain in Tempe, grab a cup of white paint and cover the 60-foot (usually gold-colored) "A" that gives the mountain its nickname. It will later get painted back to its traditional gold color before the first football home game of the season, but for now, the whitewash symbolizes a fresh start to the new school year.

On Aug. 19, ASU's latest crop of students capped off their first week of classes by taking part in this time-honored tradition. Check out a gallery and video from the event below.

Video by Jordan Currier/ASU

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Far out: Solar eclipse party at ASU

August 21, 2017

Thousands of students and members of the community turn out for viewing festivities

It didn't matter that Tempe wasn't in the path of totality of Monday's solar eclipse — thousands turned up on the Tempe campus for the eclipse-viewing party hosted by the School of Earth and Space Exploration, grabbing a pair of ASU glasses and claiming a spot to watch the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in 99 years.

Held at both Hayden Lawn and ISTB4, the viewing celebration featured ASU scholars on hand to explain the science, telescopes available for use and — inside ISTB4 — live NASA coverage. Check out the fun in our gallery as Sun Devils got stars in their eyes.

Top photo: Postdoctoral research associate Sean Bryan (right) looks at the solar eclipse with free eclipse glasses provided by ASU on Hayden Lawn in Tempe. Bryan works in ASU's School Of Earth and Space Exploration designing cameras that can photograph deep space. Photo by Anya Magnuson/ASU Now