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Homecoming spirit rocks events at Polytechnic

October 23, 2009

ASU Polytechnic is rocking Homecoming this year with its biggest celebration yet. Students from all the ASU campuses are welcome to attend the festivities, which will include a festival, Taste of East Valley and a concert by local band Authority Zero.

The celebrations start Oct. 26 with a Homecoming theme for the weekly Kickback sponsored by the Programming and Activities Board Polytechnic (PABp). Students will be able to enjoy snacks and games in a relaxed atmosphere while they get ready for the week ahead.

The annual Polytechnic Homecoming Fest will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Oct. 27, at the Student Union. This year, the event, sponsored by PABp, will include free food, pumpkin decorating, prizes and games, as well as the annual “kiss the pig” contest.

For those who bleed maroon and gold, the Latter Day Saints Student Association is sponsoring a Homecoming blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 28, in Cooley Ballroom A at the Student Union.

On Oct. 29, Homecoming swings into high gear with an Open House for prospective students and their families. Visitors will be able to tour the campus and learn about ongoing research and programs at Poly, as well as financial aid, admissions and housing options.

Following the Open House, several East Valley restaurants are joining in the festivities. Food vendors will be setting up from 6 to 8 p.m, in Lot 30 near the Technology Center. Participating restaurants include Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill, Chick-Fil-A, Rhino Caffe, Recipes Family Restaurant, Jamba Juice and Starbucks.

Thursday’s main event, made possible by the student activity fee, is the concert with headline act Authority Zero starting at 7:30 p.m. Seven Car Pileup will open at 6 p.m. A valid ASU student ID is required for admission to the concert, and students are able to bring one guest.

“This event is incredibly important to the student leaders here,” says Ashley Glatting, the ASASUP vice president and chair of the Student Fee Allocation Board. “Poly is a special place that deserves to be noted and we want to host an exciting event to show our Sun Devil and Poly campus pride.”

The concert will be held on the Poly parade grounds. Students are encouraged to bring their own blankets or portable chairs.

Homecoming events continue Oct. 30 with the Boo Bash, a Halloween party hosted by Williams Campus Housing. The Boo Bash will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in the Student Union Annex. Students will be able to enjoy food, Halloween activities, a haunted house and games.

“We think that this week of activities is a really big step for the Polytechnic campus,” says Derek Upayokin, the director of PABp. “I want people to see that great things are happening here.”  

Kari Stallcop,